Close Counts In Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and Electronic Voting Tabulation, Electronic Voting Machine Maker Insists

The company formerly known as Diebold but changed its name when Diebold became a bad word due to poor quality in electronic voting machines admits that its voting machines might have lost a couple votes here and there:

 A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges.

The problem was identified after complaints from Ohio elections officials following the March primary there, but the logic error that is the root of the problem has been part of the software for 10 years, said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold.

Acknowledged, but not before running through the gamut of excuses:

As recently as May, Premier said the problem was not of its making but stemmed from anti-virus software that Ohio had installed on its machines. It also briefly said the mistakes could have come from human mistakes.

But the important thing, I suppose, is that Diebold met its deadlines and had the faulty software up and running in time for the elections and in time to cash the government contract checks.

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