Diebold forced to withdraw from N. Carolina voting procurement process

After a series of lawsuits led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to defend North Carolina's election integrity laws, Diebold finally withdrew from the state's voting machine procurement process on Thursday.

After a series of lawsuits brought by EFF, Diebold, the electronic voting machine manufacturer, has been forced to withdraw from North Carolina's voting procurement process. Originally, Diebold brought suit against North Carolina to avoid a state requirement that vendors place into escrow all source code "that is relevant to functionality, setup, configuration, and operation of the voting system."

A new strongly worded state law states that the code must be made available for review by the  Board of Elections to look for security vulnerabilities. Defying its own regulations, the board agreed to certify Diebold despite admitting it could not meet the state standard.

"The purpose of election integrity law is to ensure that votes are accurately counted, not to ensure that all equipment vendors can comply," said Matt Zimmerman, EFF's Staff Attorney specializing in electronic voting issues. "The law requires voting machine transparency for good reason. All vendors must realize that the public will not and should not accept a process that forces them to simply trust, but not verify, their votes are accurately counted."

What exactly is Diebold afraid government analysts will find if they get a look the machines' source code?

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