Saturday, July 17, 2004

Good news - No stealing Ohio

Security concerns force paper ballots

Ohio's secretary of state pulled the plug Friday on computer voting machines Trumbull County had hoped to use in the November presidential election.

The machines from Diebold Election Systems were being tested to see if the North Canton company had corrected security flaws detected last year in tests ordered by Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell. Blackwell said that preliminary findings detected some of those flaws had not been resolved and stopped deployment of the systems.

''As I made clear last year, I will not place these voting devices before Ohio's voters until identified risks are corrected,'' Blackwell said. ''Diebold Election Systems has successfully addressed many, but not all, of the problems that were identified in our first security review. The lack of comprehensive resolution prevents me from giving county boards of elections a green light for this November.''

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