They Can Send a Man to the Moon...
...But they can't get a voting machine right. I'm happy to report that the shenanigans of yet another mismanaged, sinister and politically partisan corporation are being published in mainstream news sources. The more average Americans hear the name DIEBOLD associated with FRAUD and INCOMPETENCE, the stronger American democracy becomes.
One has to wonder why implementing electronic voting technology has been so difficult in the United States. After all, they got it right in Australia. One might also be curious as to why there is no paper trail (hardcopy, printout from the polls on Election Day) to manually verify the results of a given election. Or why the software is proprietary, unable to be scrutinized by the public. Not to mention that it's Diebold employees, and not impartial election officials, that are supervising the machines.
I don't consider any of this to be the notions of a conspiracy theorist. After all, all the evidence is out there:
- Independent analysis of Diebold electronic voting machines [PDF]
- Diebold machines spur controversy in Georgia
- Leaked internal memos from the company in question