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Thursday, December 11, 2003 9:20 pm

You can have trustworthy elections … but it’ll cost ya out the yin-yang

Filed under: Black-box voting — Lex @ 9:20 pm

Apparently that’s voting-machine maker Diebold’s planned response to the state of Maryland, according to an internal e-mail in an article published here:

ANNAPOLIS — An e-mail found in a collection of files stolen from Diebold Elections Systems’ internal database recommends charging Maryland “out the yin-yang” if the state requires Diebold to add paper printouts to the $73 million voting system it purchased.

NOTE: I don’t know, and the writer doesn’t say, why he believes the e-mail to have been “stolen” from Diebold rather than, say, leaked. I’ve e-mailed the paper’s editor seeking an explanation.

UPDATE: I heard from the reporter and his editor, both of whom attributed the “stolen” claim to Diebold itself and to other news reports. In fact, according to “Black Box Voting” author Bev Harris, the files were leaked by a Diebold employee, not stolen. The book’s publisher will be in touch with the paper and Web site, seeking a correction.

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