California Rejects Diebold Voting Equipment
California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson dealt a serious blow to Diebold this week when he rejected the statewide use of the company's TSX voting machine system, due to repeated touch screen freezes and paper jams when the units tried to print paper trails. A mock election staged by McPherson's office was the first time Diebold's systems were forced to print a paper trail and meet another requirement, and the systems had a rather large failure rate of 10 percent, enough for McPherson to reject the company's request for recertification in time for fall elections.
Diebold says they will fix the system and reapply for certification. It is expected that other states, who have been waiting for California to act, will now follow the state's lead.