Even paper ballots are better…

Even paper ballots are better then Diebold, methinks

Every time I think Diebold can’t sink to lower levels of incompetence, they go ahead and do it anyway. Unreliable voting machines, insecure systems, unverified software – not to mention the price-gouging memo, you name it, and this maker of touchscreen voting machines has done it. And, like the Bush Administration, they never apologize or accept blame for anything, generally trying to sue anyone who criticizes them rather than fixing the gaping, obvious security holes in their systems.

Now this:  

Uncertified software used in California elections statewide

Digital voting giant Diebold Election Systems took a staggering blow Wed-nesday as California officials reported that Diebold ran uncertified — and in some cases untested — software in all 17 counties where it counted votes in the state’s last two elections.

What began as a scandal in Alameda County swept statewide as every county served by Diebold realized its software was not state certified, and three counties, including Los Angeles, found that some of their software never had been tested by a federally designated lab.

Meanwhile, Diebold hires only the best!

Voter advocate Bev Harris alleged Tuesday that managers of a subsidiary of Diebold, one of the country’s largest voting equipment vendors, included a cocaine trafficker, a man who conducted fraudulent stock transactions and a programmer jailed for falsifying computer records.

“You can’t tell me these people passed background tests,” Harris, author of Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century, said in a phone interview.

“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity”