First it was Forsyth, now it is Vance. Two county election boards have turned down Diebold. Vance's concerns seem to be more with the lawsuits filed against the company for securities fraud and other litigation. From the Daily Dispatch (link):
Vance County's Board of Elections unanimously recommended the purchase Thursday of an optical-scan voting system from Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb.
That was partly because North Carolina elections officials eventually narrowed down the possible choices to four systems from two companies: ES&S and Diebold Election Systems of North Canton, Ohio. Each company offers an optical-scan and a direct-recording-electronic system that is certified by the state Board of Elections. (A third potential vendor, Sequoia, was denied permission this week to sell equipment in North Carolina, The News & Observer reported Thursday.)
But Kearney raised some questions about the viability of Diebold when the Vance board began discussing the purchase Thursday. He was concerned about a class-action lawsuit that New York law firm Stull, Stull & Brody announced this week against Diebold on behalf of the stockholders. The company is accused of violating securities law and artificially inflating its stock price. The lawsuit also alleges that Diebold is “unable to assure the quality and working order of its voting machine products.”
Kearney did not mention that a separate but similar class-action lawsuit was filed by Dallas law firm Scott & Scott on Wednesday, one day after Diebold's chairman and chief executive officer resigned. Legal action is also being pursued against the North Carolina Board of Elections to protest its certification of Diebold equipment.
Sad that there are only two vendors left, but it good to see that North Carolina counties are going against the Diebold machines.
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