Thursday, March 30, 2006

Diebold With A Vengence

Ha! Ha!

I see that the pressure is making Diebold back down to Ion Sancho.

Officials of Diebold Election Systems have agreed to meet again with Leon County officials to discuss the possibility of selling their voting equipment for disabled voters to the county.

Diebold is one of three companies certified by the state to sell voting equipment to Florida counties, but all three have refused to do business with Leon. The county already lost $500,000 in state grants for missing a January deadline to have the equipment, which is required by the federal Help America Vote Act.

Those subpoenas from Charlie Crist's office had a lot to do with Diebold's change of heart. Sancho told the Tallahassee Democrat that he has been in contact with Crist. He wasn't allowed to mention that to the press.

Diebold, Sequoia Voting Systems, and Election Systems & Software Inc all refused to sell machines to Leon County. This was after Sancho tested the Diebold machines he had and found out the results could be changed. Sancho was faced with using faulty voting machines or missing the election deadline (which he did.) I'm not one to believe in conspiracy theories, but this is too much of a coincidence.


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