The incredible stupidity at Diebold

This is incredible:
David Bear, a spokesman for Diebold Election Systems, said the potential risk existed because the company's technicians had intentionally built the machines in such a way that election officials would be able to update their systems in years ahead.

"For there to be a problem here, you're basically assuming a premise where you have some evil and nefarious election officials who would sneak in and introduce a piece of software," he said. "I don't believe these evil elections people exist."
The whole point of election systems is to provide resistance to fraud. The standard (manual) election process has all sorts of fraud protections built in:
  • You are authenticated before you vote so you don't vote twice and so it's known how many people voted.

  • You make your vote privately behind a screen, and you throw it into the box anonymously, so that no one can know how you voted, and therefore cannot force you to vote a certain way.

  • There are at least three people from different candidate parties to monitor fairness of the election process, and they all count the votes to ensure objective counting.
Now here's a company that creates electronic election systems, magic-in-a-box which requires great expertise to get right and otherwise opens up the door widely to all sorts of additional types of fraud, and the attitude of the company that makes these systems is: "Oh, we don't believe there's a threat of fraud in the first place."

Excuse me?!

Why hasn't yet this person, and everyone with the same mindset, been fired?


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