Voting Company Apparently Just Kidding About Pulling Out of State!
Former Diebold Rep, Now on NC Election Advisory Board Certifies Diebold,
Despite Apparent Failure to Comply with State Law Requiring Source Code Escrow!
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Surprise! Diebold got certified in North Carolina today. In what the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling the "Immaculate Certification"
the North Carolina State Board of Elections has decided to certify Diebold.
This is the same Diebold that three days ago said that they would have to pull
out of consideration in the state because they were not willing to put their
buggy software source code from their flawed Voting Machines into escrow claiming
they had third-party software that could not be submitted to the state. This
is the same Diebold that, as BRAD
BLOG correctly surmised, were apparently making faux claims about their
need to pull out of NC due to a court's refusal to allow them exemption from
that state law. But what else is new for a company like Diebold?
In a blog item just
posted by Matt Zimmerman of EFF, says,
Despite Diebold's asserted inability to meet the requirements of state
law, the North Carolina Board of Elections today happily certified Diebold
without condition. Never mind all of that third party software. Never mind
the impossibility of obtaining a list of programmers who had contributed
to that code.
And never mind the Board of Election's obligation to subject all candidate
voting system to rigorous review before certification, [as per the law which
"Prior to certifying a voting system, the State Board of Elections
shall review, or designate an independent expert to review, all source code
made available by the vendor pursuant to this section and certify only those
voting systems compliant with State and federal law. At a minimum, the State
Board's review shall include a review of security, application vulnerability,
application code, wireless security, security policy and processes, security/privacy
program management, technology infrastructure and security controls, security
organization and governance, and operational effectiveness, as applicable
to that voting system."
One computer savvy voting activist with North Carolina Verifiable Voting has
pointed out correctly that the Board of Elections now has another rather obvious
problem. The statute requires the Board of Elections to review all of the code
used in vendors' proposed system before certification. Either they ignored this
part of the code or they have some super code and security experts in hiding
At the superior court hearing on Monday, the state Attorney General said that
she couldn't imagine that the Board of Elections would certify a system that
didn't meet all of the requirements of the statute. Well, they did and now she
must defend them.
And who made the decision to go ahead and ignore the code and certify Diebold?
A gentleman by the name of Keith Long was hired to be in charge of the process
for the state. And what are Mr. Long's credentials to handle this job? Mr.
Long was one of the Diebold representatives responsible for previously selling
the Diebold voting system to the state of Georgia.
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