North Carolina Certifies Voting Machine Vendors
The state's Board of Elections certifies Diebold to continue selling electronic voting machines in the state and conditionally certifies Election Systems & Software and Sequoia Voting Systems.The same week that a North Carolina judge refused to shield Diebold Inc. from criminal liability if it fails to comply with a new electronic voting system requirement, the states elections board certified Diebold to continue selling its machines in the state. The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday also certified Election Systems & Software Inc. and conditionally certified Sequoia Voting Systems Inc., according to Brooks Garrett-Jones, an elections technician with the board. Under a new North Carolina law, voting system suppliers must place their software codeincluding that of third-party developersin escrow. Passage of the law followed the loss of more than 4,000 votes in a 2004 election when machines accepted more ballots than their memories could hold.
Diebold requested, but failed to receive, a court shield from the new law, arguing that it could not turn over the code that belongs to third-party developers. The North Canton, Ohio vendor currently has voting machines in place in approximately 20 North Carolina counties.