10 May 2006

Diebold reveals new 'security vulnerability'
with its touchscreen voting machines


Californiachronicle.com - 10 May 2006

"Voting machines certified for use in California. Company tells Pennsylvania about flaw it says could let 'unauthorized software' be loaded onto the system. How does the Secretary of State plan to resolve this security nightmare and guarantee people's votes are accurately counted?"

SACRAMENTO – “Is it embarrassing that California’s Secretary of State certified voting machines that the company itself now admits suffer from a serious security flaw that could allow anyone to load software onto them to change people’s votes and potentially change the outcome of an election? I’m sure it is, but we have a statewide election in less than four weeks and we don’t have time for people to be embarrassed, we need to get the problem solved.”

That’s how Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach), the chairwoman of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee reacted to the revelation that Diebold has informed Pennsylvania elections officials that the AccuVote-TSx – a touchscreen voting machine that at least 12 California counties plan to use in the June primary – contains a serious “security vulnerability.”

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