Are they finally catching on?
Many people, mainly the ones over at Black Box Voting have been raising the alarm about the potential for tomfoolery with electronic voting machines. At first they were dismissed as conspiracy theorists, and even with some solid proof of the potential for problems, getting attention from the press and most importantly, local and state election boards has been tough.
But maybe that's starting to change. California has demanded a paper trail for all their electronic machines by 2006. Maryland has been beefing with Diebold over their certification procedures. Even Jon Stewart has gotten in on the action.
And now it's Indiana. WISH TV channel 8 in Indianapolis is doing a series of reports on their own ES&S mini-scandal, and the Marion Country election board is none too pleased.
On Tuesday, Marion County's clerk made it clear she now has serious concerns about that, too.This isn't the first time that a company that sells electronic voting machines has been accused of tampering with software right before an election. The Diebold/Georgia 2002 election questions are all raised at Black Box Voting, and Diebold is at the center of another controversy in Alameda county where according to staff writer Ian Hoffman,
"The company with which the Marion County election board has contracted to provide its voting machines and software, has willfully and purposely deceived me and the Marion County election board,” said County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler.
Sadler accused the company that supplies the county's voting equipment, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) of lying and a cover-up. ES&S’ on-site project manager, Wendy Orange, blew the whistle on her employer. Orange informed Sadler last Friday that ES&S installed illegal software for the November election, and recently replaced it with legal software.
Attorneys for Diebold Election Systems Inc. warned in late November that its use of uncertified vote-counting software in Alameda County violated California election law and broke its $12.7 million contract with Alameda County.
This isn't a lot of coverage, mind you, but compared to the lone voices that were crying out in the wilderness a year ago, this is good news. It's coming out. America is potentially at stake.