Story by Marc L. Songini
MARCH 10, 2006
Maryland House votes to oust Diebold machines
The state of Maryland stands poised to put its entire $90 million investment in Diebold Election Systems Inc. touch-screen e-voting systems on ice because they can’t produce paper receipts.
The state House of Delegates this week voted 137-0 to approve a bill prohibiting election officials from using AccuVote-TSx touch-screen systems in 2006 primary and general elections.
Healey said the law would require that the machines provide a paper trail before the 2008 elections or Diebold would risk losing its contract with the state.
The bill also requires that any leased optical-scan system be equipped to accommodate the needs of handicapped voters, to ensure compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act statutes.
Could this be true? Could my shredded, battered, naiive faith in our elected officials be saved?