Friday, October 20, 2006

Maryland, Oh Maryland

We had a lot of trouble in the primary elections in September with voting, including voting machines. Of course this was mainly in heavily Democratic districts. Now we have this:
Diebold Election Systems Inc. expressed alarm and state election officials contacted the FBI yesterday after a former legislator received an anonymous package containing what appears to be the computer code that ran Maryland's polls in 2004.

Cheryl C. Kagan, a longtime critic of Maryland's elections chief, says the fact that the computer disks were sent to her - along with an unsigned note criticizing the management of the state elections board - demonstrates that Maryland's voting system faces grave security threats.

A spokesman for Diebold, which manufactures the state's touch-screen voting machines, said the company is treating the software Kagan received as "stolen" and not as "picked up" at the State Board of Elections, as the anonymous note claimed. Lawyers for the company are seeking its return.
At least they didn't find it in a bazar in Afghanistan.

All's fair in love and war. And, as Clausewitz observed, politics is war by other means. (Or maybe the other way. Whatever)

No comments: