Diebold Elections Systems is an electronic voting machine company with
close ties to the Republican Party. The reliability and honesty of its results have been harshly questioned
by computer and election experts. It is up to Congress to rectify the problem by requiring voter-verified paper ballots
to make recounts possible when election results are in doubt.
The fact is that voting systems
are generally owned by Conservatives, and most suspect election results so far have favored Republicans -- but the question
of reliability in electronic voting is crucial to all parties.
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IN mid-August, Walden W. O'Dell, the chief executive of Diebold Inc., sat down at his computer to compose a letter inviting 100 wealthy and politically inclined friends to a Republican Party
fund-raiser, to be held at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes
to the president next year," wrote Mr. O'Dell, whose company is based in Canton, Ohio.
That is hardly unusual for Mr. O'Dell. A longtime Republican, he is a member of President Bush's "Rangers and Pioneers,''
an elite group of loyalists who have raised at least $100,000 each for the 2004 race. ...
"It's outrageous," [Corzine] said. "Not only does Mr. O'Dell
want the contract to provide every voting machine in the nation for the next election - he wants to 'deliver' the election
to Mr. Bush. There are enough conflicts in this story to fill an ethics manual."
David L. Dill, a computer science professor at Stanford, said:"If I was a
programmer at one of these companies and I wanted to steal an election, it would be very easy."
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