By John Gideon on 12/22/2005, 8:08pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

One day after winning a court decision in North Carolina that seemed to open the door wide for Diebold to ply their wares in the state; they decided to pull out. Their concern is that they could be charged with a felony if officials determine the company failed to send a copy of all the software its machines use to a special holding company assigned by the state. They say they don't have permission to provide code that is owned by third parties such as Microsoft Corp. This leaves ES&S as the only approved vendor in the state. There is concern from St. Louis Co., MO that ES&S may be over-pricing their AutoMARK machines in an attempt to force some counties into purchasing their DREs....

  • NAtional: 19 states will miss HAVA deadline LINK
  • CA: New California Voting Machines Face Tests (Diebold) (This article has been repeated nationally) LINK
  • CA: San Luis Obispo County - Voting machine investigation will not include SLO County vote scanners (Diebold) LINK
  • CT: Middletown - State Supreme Court rules re-vote needed. A broken lever on one voting machine spurred a remedy of unexpected size in state Supreme Court Wednesday: The court ordered a new, city-wide election for all common council candidates, set tentatively for Jan. 24. LINK
  • CT: Middletown - Defective machine prompts high court to void Middletown election LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Taking a stand for Florida voters LINK
  • IN: Dems continue fight against voter ID law LINK
  • IN: St. Joseph County - Decision nears on voting machines LINK
  • MO: St. Louis County - Amidst Intense Last-Minute Drama, St. Louis County Rejects Diebold! Questions arise over whether ES&S is really interested in selling AutoMARK. LINK
  • MO: Saline County - Feds force new voting machines local officials say weren't needed LINK
  • NC: Lawsuit on voting machines hits wall LINK
  • NC: Diebold Pulls Out Of North Carolina! (Again! And For Now...) LINK
  • NC: Diebold withdraws as N.C. voting equipment vendor; only one left LINK
  • NC: Brunswick County - Brunswick to buy new machines for voting LINK
  • NC: Forsyth County - Voting Machine Impasse LINK
  • OH: Summit County - Summit voters will use optical scanners at polls LINK
  • PA: Bucks County - Democrats: Machines must get vote LINK
  • PA: Butler County - Butler County OKs electronic vote (DRE) LINK
  • PA: Chester County - No decision on voting system LINK
  • PA: Schuylkill County - Schuylkill officials allot federal money to help with voting LINK
  • VA: Recount Fails to Overturn Va. GOP Victory LINK
  • VA: Yes Virginia, there's a problem with absentee balloting. (Recounting Deeds vs McDonnell) (The problem is those older Sequoia and ES&S Optechs) LINK
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