In response to the paper, Mark Radke, the marketing director for Diebold Election Systems of Allen, Texas said, "I'm concerned by the fact we weren't contacted to educate these people on where our current technology stands," Mark Radke said.
Questioning Felten's tactics, Radke wondered why Felten hadn't submitted his paper for peer review, which is standard practice.
Felten said he and his colleagues felt it necessary to publish the paper as quickly as possible because of the possible implications for the November midterm elections.
Two Diebold voting machines will be widely used in the upcoming elections— the AccuVote-TS and thee newer AccuVote-TSx. Felten hadn't tested the later but said he thought much of what he found would still apply.
"I think there are many people out there who have the type of technical ability to carry out the sort of attacks we describe here," said Felten.
In any case many states will use the older machine.