22 December 2005

Diebold Withdraws As NC Voting Equipment Vendor, Only One Left

22 Dec 2005

Raleigh, NC -- The effort to upgrade voting equipment in North Carolina by next spring took a hit when an approved vendor pulled out of the running.

Diebold Election Systems says it can't follow a new law that required it to share its software coding with the state.

The company told the State Board of Elections it would be impossible to meet a deadline to account for all software used by the company for machines certified to be sold in all 100 counties.

The decision means that only one vendor currently is cleared to sell equipment, raising more questions about whether counties will have enough time to buy machines that meet the state's technical and security standards.

Another firm that was certified, Sequoia Voting Systems, withdrew earlier this month.


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