Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Paper-Trail Terrorists 

Offered without comment, from the Baltimore Chronicle:
Diebold Election Systems, Inc. has admitted that the electronic voting software used in the March 2004 Maryland Primary Election was not federally qualified. Maryland law requires that, prior to certification by the State Board of Elections, voting systems and any modifications to them must comply with applicable federal qualification standards.

Nevertheless, Maryland’s November election will feature Diebold’s voting machines statewide.

Representatives from voter advocacy groups, including TrueVoteMD.org, Democracy for America, and VerifiedVoting.org, delivered petitions from thousands of citizens to Governor Ehrlich’s office on July 13, calling for the Board of Elections to require computer voting machines to produce voter-verifiable paper ballots. They were joined by investigative reporter Greg Palast, voting rights activist (and ice cream magnate) Ben Cohen, several Maryland legislators, and Teresa Dudley, the Green Party candidate for U.S. Congress in Maryland’s 4th district.

The Governor’s office would not accept the actual petitions until they were screened for anthrax.

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