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Did the Election Board Drink Too Much Eggnog?

Last Monday, the three-person St. Louis Election Board voted to go with Diebold for the city's new electronic voting system. This is what we in the computer industry call a "bad idea."

In September 2004, Diebold claimed their audit log "can't be altered by any human." In response, Black Box Voting, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, trained a chimpanzee to quickly hack Diebold's system and delete the audit log. The Diebold central tabulator saves vote totals in a Microsoft Access database, for crying out loud — that's about as unstable and insecure as you can get. In related news, Diebold CEO, Wally O'Dell resigned this month under a cloud of litigation and accusations of fraud. You may remember O'Dell as the guy who promised he would "deliver" Ohio for President Bush.

Posted under Other by Brian Marston on Mon., Dec 26, 2005 at 10:56 PM


st. louis mayor's office is mine!!!!%$#^&

[Posted by trained chimp on Tue., Dec 27, 2005 at 10:20 AM]

Simply amazing. It makes you wonder if the election board is just clueless, or perhaps the competitors are even worse. Although worse than Diebold is hard to believe.

[Posted by Andrew Hyatt on Tue., Dec 27, 2005 at 1:07 PM]

I wrote to the STL Election Board and the Mayor's Office. Both wrote me personal replies. If you're interested, I can e-mail them to you when I am at home (on my laptop at home and I am at the office presently). They were very articulate in their feelings.

[Posted by Lily Bleu on Wed., Dec 28, 2005 at 9:38 AM]

So who are these folks that are sidestepping all the evidence and observation? Names please...

Are we to assume that the fix is in, or is it just plain ignorance or stupidity? There's always been a suggestion of minor fraud in St. Louis elections, but now it seems like massive fraud will be the order of the day.

Sorry, STUPID can't be fixed; but elections sure can be!

[Posted by Dave Lewis on Sun., Mar 12, 2006 at 4:50 PM]

Ed Martin (martinsimmondsstl@hotmail.com) is the chairman of the St. Louis Board of Elections.

[Posted by Brian Marston on Sun., Mar 12, 2006 at 5:38 PM]

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