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Diebold’s Name Game

Posted on Aug 17, 2007

Diebold Election Systems is no more, having been spun off by its parent company and renamed Premier Election Solutions. The troubled voting machine maker has been plagued by controversy from the start, due to the frequently documented vulnerabilities of its election equipment.

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After a year and a half of conversely trying to dump their failed voting unit and/or lying to customers about the reliability and security of their voting systems, corporate parent Diebold is giving up the ghost of their election business which, according to an analyst in a Reuters report, was “responsible for less than 10 percent of Diebold’s revenue and 100 percent of its bad publicity.”

According to a company statement just released, Diebold Elections Systems Inc. will become Premier Election Solutions as of [Thursday]. The company president, David Byrd, who has overseen the disastrous election unit for some time, will stay on as president to go down with the ship, apparently.

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By Jim Goodson, August 23, 2007 at 6:07 am Link to this comment
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If you do not care how your vote is recorded or counted with-out the proof that you voted, then why even show up? Any one can alter or steal your vote. One vote can change the world.

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By farmertx, August 21, 2007 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

RE:#96220 by Jim Goodson on 8/21 at 6:19 pm
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Mr Goodson
Personally, I have no problem with any form of electronic voting as long as it provides the voter with a paper copy, showing which candidate or proposition was voted on and how.
Then that copy, after the voter verified the correct votes, would be turned in to the election officials.
Those paper copies could then be counted to see that the paper votes and machine votes tallied. That is 500 paper copies=500 machine votes.
Then, if a recount is needed, the paper copies are what would be counted.
But paperless voting is what got us a 2nd term of the Shrub. And even most Republican’s are admitting, albeit privately, that was a big mistake.

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By Jim Goodson, August 21, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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In 1956 my Granddaddy told me if you vote electronically you will never know for what, where,who,or how much yor voted for or against. Democracy will never exist because your vote cannot be counted accurately. Your name means nothing, your service to your country means nothing. Your existance means nothing, You must personally see that a notorized copy of your vote has been counted. Or drop dead.

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By The Old Hooligan, August 18, 2007 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

Diebold and the “election” of George W. Bush:

A marriage of convenience, made in Hell.

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By farmertx, August 17, 2007 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

Yup, the proposed buyer sobered up and realized what he was buying and backed out.
Now, Diebold will let it operate ‘independently’.
Guess that means Faux News will control it.

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By rowdy, August 17, 2007 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

remember the poison pet food? hundreds of brand names,all coming from the same supplier. what’s in a name? bullshit is bullshit no matter what you call it.

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By Craig Busse, August 17, 2007 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
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According to the AP report at the link below, Diebold has FAILED to spin off its election machine business. Instead, it will allow the subsidiary to operate more independently.


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By DennisD, August 17, 2007 at 7:08 am Link to this comment
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Go back to paper ballots - I don’t care if it takes a week to accurately count them. The primary reason we’ve got electronic voting machines is so our sensationalist media can all be the “first” to announce who has won what states based on counting two percent of the vote.
Once announced this keeps other people from voting since they reason the elections are over.

Talk about having the power to literally change an election, between the media and Diebold who needs Karl Rove.
Get rid of them, none have been proven to be hacker or in the case of Diebold “backer” proof systems.

Election fraud is nothing new in this country. Changing the name of the company making the equipment responsible for it is certainly not the way to fix the problem. But then it’s really all about the PR isn’t it.

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By ~B~, August 17, 2007 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

What good are elections if there are no candidates?


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By mary, August 17, 2007 at 5:34 am Link to this comment

Why no outrage or investigation when Diebold told Bush they would ‘Deliver Ohio’ in the 04 elections…...

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By farmertx, August 17, 2007 at 3:33 am Link to this comment

Voter’s should remember those two names; Premier and Byrd.
Should either name come up in connection with an election, we should complain loudly that we want fair elections.
California, among others has banned this system from their elections. All states should follow.
As an old geezer, I distrust (don’t understand) electronic anything.
Maybe electronic voting is the way to go, but only with a verifiable paper trail. A receipt printed out so that the voter can verify that is who/what they voted for and then turned in for use in any recount.

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