Diebold Admits Faulty Voting Machine Software
Premier Election Solutions (don't call them Diebold) has finally admitted that its vot-counting software is flawed. During the past several US elections, the company swore that everything was just fine, and took legal action to prevent independent verification of their machines. However, reports of both inherent flaws and lack of anti-hack security were widespread since 2000.
Aside for risking decertification (which should be a given) the door is open to prosectution, as any state that used these machines can sue for fraud, if not criminal charges.
A spokesperson for Premier admitted that the company knew of the flaw, but took no action to fix it. Now, though, we're assured that they're "taking a serious look at it". Okay.
An election system's audit logs are meant to record all activity during the system's actual counting of ballots, so that later examiners may determine, with certainty, whether any fraudulent or mistaken activity had occurred during the count. Diebold's software fails to do that, as has recently been discovered by Election Integrity advocates in Humboldt County, CA, and then confirmed by the CA Secretary of State. The flaws, built into the system for more than a decade, are in serious violation of federal voting system certification standards.
According to an earlier Brad Blog post, dated December 8, 2008, the tendency to delete ballots "was part of a bug [Diebold had] known about for at least four years." The blog reproduced an internal Diebold email about the problem dated 2004.
"To discover that the fail-safe itself is unreliable eliminates one of the key selling points for electronic voting security," Alexander said.
Following a public records request of GEMS logs, Threat Level previously reported that the Premier/Diebold logs did not indicate when election officials in Humboldt County, California, intentionally deleted more than two dozen batches of ballots from their system during the November general election.