More Diebold E-Voting Problems

Posted on Saturday 28 October 2006

On the Freedom to Tinker blog, there is an article discussing the Diebold electronic voting machines. Apparently, the keys to many hotel minibars are capable of opening the Diebold voting machines. The access panel that these keys open allows access to the memory card, which can be used to alter the votes recorded by the machine.

The most disturbing part is the following quote:

“Chris’s key was left over from a previous job, maybe fifteen years ago. He said the key had opened either a file cabinet or the access panel on an old VAX computer. A little research revealed that the exact same key is used widely in office furniture, electronic equipment, jukeboxes, and hotel minibars. It’s a standard part, and like most standard parts it’s easily purchased on the Internet. We bought several keys from an office furniture key shop — they open the voting machine too. We ordered another key on eBay from a jukebox supply shop. The keys can be purchased from many online merchants.”

That means that there are possibly thousands of these keys around, and there is nothing standing in the way of people who want to alter or affect the voting tallies on these widely used machines. Diebold’s other security faults have been well documented and the lack of an auditable paper trail means that there is no way to verify whether the data reported by the machine has any relation to the reality.

Given all of the security and authentication problems with the Diebold electronic voting machines, it isn’t a big surprise that the CEO of Diebold was able to promise that he would deliver the votes of Ohio to GW Bush in the 2004 presidential elections.

Do you still think that GW Bush was really fairly elected.

Look at the two elections. In 2000, a woman who worked for GWB’s presidential election campaign was responsible for deciding whether there should have been a re-count in Florida—the state that the election hinged on—which was also governed by GWB’s brother.

In 2004, Ohio and Florida were the two states that the election hinged on. One was still governed by GWB’s brother and had anomalous voting results. The other had its votes promised to GWB by the CEO of the manufacturer of the voting machines.

Also, when the Bush regime was asked about the discrepancies between the exit polls and the actual vote tallies, they responded by saying that exit polls weren’t accurate.  However, the same administration used the results of exit polls to question the legitimacy of several foreign elections.  If the discrepancies in voting exit polls, the discrimination against minority voters in Florida and Ohio, and other problems seen during the  2004 elections had been seen in any election that the United States was overseeing, the results would have been scrutinized closely to see if there had been any tampering—yet the same standards are not applied to our own elections.  This is very disturbing.

2 Comments for 'More Diebold E-Voting Problems'

    October 28, 2006 | 9:20 pm

    You mean I can buy a key to open the hotel mini-bar? Damn. And all these years I’ve been using my Swiss army knife to steal those little drinks.

    October 28, 2006 | 10:08 pm


    That is just so wrong…and so you… 😀

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