Friday, August 22, 2008

Who remembers Diebold - 2

It sure does not take long for the gravy to thicken.

From WaPo, along with USA Today and a lot of others...
A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges.

The problem was identified after complaints from Ohio elections officials following the March primary there, but the logic error that is the root of the problem has been part of the software for 10 years, said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold.

Now 10 years is a long time in anybodies' life, quite apart from the life of a politician.

It gets worse -
The flawed software is on both touch screen and optical scan voting machines made by Premier and the problem with vote counts is most likely to affect larger jurisdictions that feed many memory cards to a central counting database rapidly.

Riggall said he was "confident" that elections officials through the years would have realized votes had been dropped when they crosschecked their tallies to certify final elections results and would have reloaded cards so as not to lose votes. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has said no Ohio votes were lost because the nine Ohio counties that found the problem caught it before primary results were finalized.

Now "through the years", and [this year's] "primary results" are in my mind at least two quite different things.
"We are indeed distressed that our previous analysis of this issue was in error," Premier President Dave Byrd wrote Tuesday in a letter that was hand-delivered to Brunner. Premier and Brunner are in an ongoing court battle over the voting machines and whether Premier violated its contract with the state and warranties. Half of the Ohio's 88 counties use the GEMS system. Brunner has been a vocal critic of electronic voting machines,

I'll bet to that!!

Go back and check, guys. How many of the states using GEMS in 2000 and 2004 had disputed results?

And too, wait for the sting in the tail of this admission. Yeah, we got this bit wrong. But it is your fault for not checking proper. We hope (while y'all wrangle over the importance of it all and the damages awards) that the online tampering and re-sets problems will get forgotten.

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