By John Gideon on 8/16/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

It seems that Diebold tried to get out from under their voting machine division by selling it. Well, they have reported that there are no buyers so they are going to separate themselves from that division and give them more autonomy and their own board of directors and take a new name; DESI will now be PESI, Premier Election Solutions Inc. Are they really putting that division in a position where they can file for bankruptcy if necessary and the rest of the company will be insulated? And what about the sale of Sequoia? Smartmatic has been looking for a buyer for Sequoia for over a year now almost 8 months. Now that the Dan Rather Report has aired some of Sequoia’s dirty laundry who is going to buy a company with that baggage and potential legal hassles?

CORRECTION 8/17/07: We had originally reported that Smartmatic has been seeking a buyer for Sequoia Voting Sytems for "over a year now". They have contacted us to let us know that their search has been ongoing, so far unsuccessfully, only since last December 22 --- eight months, instead of the year we reported. We regret the error.

All of the above stories, and many others today, are linked below...

  • NAtional: Diebold Can't Sell Elections Unit LINK
  • NAtional: Diebold Realigns Elections Subsidiary; Lowers Full-Year Elections Revenue Expectations LINK
  • NAtional: Diebold Election Systems to Become Premier Election Solutions LINK
  • NAtional: Voter Action Calls for a Full Congressional Investigation of Voting Systems Companies LINK
  • CA: The Secure, Accurate and Fair Elections Act for California LINK
  • CA: Riverside County - Paper ballots making comeback; early voting out in Riverside County LINK
  • CA: San Joaquin County - Interim registrar goes after money LINK
  • CO: Montrose County - Election day gamble LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - Move To Punch Out Touch Voting Is Pricey LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - TV report stirs doubt about voting machines LINK
  • KS: Miami County - Election Day was a time to party, not work for Miami County poll workers LINK
  • MS: Adams County – Editorial - Vote counting needs to be a priority LINK
  • MS: Hancock County - Cuevas asks for election-materials inspection
    Hancock County addressing a swirl of rumors over primary LINK
  • NH: Opinion - Our view: Voting error fine necessary LINK
  • NH: Editorial - N.H.'s voting machines cause some unease LINK
  • OH: Democrats plan manual to help prevent voting problems LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Voting system unclear for Nov. 6 election
    Electronic machines not certified. Voters might use paper ballots. LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Voting method cast in doubt LINK
  • WI: Kagen: Voting bill changes needed LINK
  • WV: Kanawha County - Kanawha official seeks ballot reform LINK
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