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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Voting Machine Review Could Impact Diebold

As we noted last week, the voting machine hearing that could impact Diebold (DBD) is set for today. If the committees decide that the "issues" of past voting machines will persist in the mind of the voters for this election, then you can imagine there may be a push for the old ballots instead of the new electronic machines; conversely, if these are deemed to be resolved and deemed to be issues of the past then you could expect more congressional backing and states backing for voter machines to replace the old time paper ballots. Either way, Diebold (DBD) is right in the middle as they are the largest maker of these new voting machines.

HOUSE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE on Voting Machines Standards and Problems

House Science Committee and House Administration Committee hold a joint
hearing titled "Voting Machines: Will New Standards and Guidelines Prevent
Future Problems?"

Witnesses:
Donetta Davidson, commissioner, Election Assistance Commission;
William Jeffrey, director, National Institute of Standards and Technology;
Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer;
Linda Lamone, administrator of elections, Maryland State Board of Elections;
John Groh, chairman, Election Technology Council, Information Technology Assn. of America;
David Wagner, professor of computer science, University of California at Berkeley

Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. 2 p.m.

Article by Jon C. Ogg
with key data contributions from Tony Brush

July 19, 2006
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