Someone who has access to a time machine sent back a Diebold help desk call recorded on Election Day, November 2nd, 2004.
Listen to it here.
For those of you who haven’t been clued in, Diebold sells electronic voting machines. There have been a number of questions raised as to how securely and accurately they count votes because of backdoors in the software, the lack of a paper trail for recounts, changes to the software in the middle of voting without getting it certified by authorities, etc. While other companies making electronic voting machines have had many of the same issues raised in regards to their products, Diebold has been picked out in particular because of comments made by the CEO of Diebold that he is “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”
My grandpa and I still don’t understand what’s wrong with the optical scanning systems the State of Minnesota uses in many locations. Quick tabulation, ease of use, paper trails, seems like everything you’d need to avoid the “hanging chad” debacle of the 2000 election cycle.