Diebold

Behind the scenes on accessible voting

WIRED News has a fascinating and depressing story: Diebold and the Disabled about disability groups being in bed with Diebold (the controversial voting machine company) initially to push their agenda of making voting more accessible (electronic voting is generally more accessible than paper or mechanical voting) but now it has come out that Diebold has given a lot of money to numerous disability groups in exchange for lobbying. Bad news for the credibility of these groups and it sure looks like a conflict of interests to me.

Disability rights and accessible voting do not trump the rights of all Americans to have fair voting with a process that is transparent and open to scrutiny. Current Diebold machines produce no paper trail (metaphoric or otherwise) and this is unacceptable, especially after the 2000 election fiasco in this country.