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VOTE: Diebold To Settle $2.6 Million California Lawsuit

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posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 04:32 AM
On Wednesday Diebold, one of three companies to provide systems for the 2004 elections, agreed to settle a California suit claiming that the controversial company sold them faulty systems. The company also agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to reimburse Alameda, San Diego and other counties for some election supplies. More than 6,000 voters were forced to use backup paper ballots.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Diebold agreed Wednesday to pay $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by California alleging that the electronic voting machine company sold the state and several counties shoddy voting equipment.

Although critics characterized the settlement as a slap on the wrist, Diebold also agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to partially reimburse Alameda, San Diego and other counties for the cost of paper backup ballots, ink and other supplies in last week's election. California's secretary of state banned the use of one type of Diebold machine in May, after problems with the machines disenfranchised an unknown number of voters in the March primary.

Faulty equipment forced at least 6,000 of 316,000 voters in Alameda County, just east of San Francisco, to use backup paper ballots instead of the paperless voting terminals. In San Diego County, a power surge resulted in hundreds of touch-screens that wouldn't start when the polls opened, forcing election officials to turn voters away from the polls.

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Well, here we go. Diebold "virtually" admits to selling them faulty equipment by settling the suit. Precedent is set now for counties all across America using Diebold machines to recheck their counts due to possible errors. We'll see what happens.

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posted on Dec, 8 2004 @ 05:13 PM
DIEBOLD should never have been considered anyway... the CEO is a bush fanatic, and we don't need to buying voting machines from a fanatic for either side...
IMO that voting machines are a very tricky stick to walk...
we should have standardized voting machines and they should be 100% error free or not used at all.
speaking of which... lets chuck the whole shabang, and start a new election process... standardized from the getgo...
maybe fairness and justice in america will have half a chance if such were the case.
the rampant election fraud that we all just witnessed is a sad testiment to this countrys democratic elected system. sorry... didn't mean to get into a rant...


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