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Diebold Demands That Hbo Cancel Documentary On Voting Machines - rockclimber - 11-03-2006

Quote:Diebold Inc. insisted that cable network HBO cancel a documentary that questions the integrity of its voting machines, calling the program inaccurate and unfair.

The program, "Hacking Democracy," is scheduled to debut Thursday, , five days before the 2006 U.S. midterm elections. The film claims that Diebold voting machines aren't tamper-proof and can be manipulated to change voting results.

"Hacking Democracy" is "replete with material examples of inaccurate reporting," Diebold Election System President David Byrd said in a letter to HBO President and Chief Executive Chris Albrecht posted on Diebold's Web site. Short of pulling the film, Monday's letter asks for disclaimers to be aired and for HBO to post Diebold's response on its Web site.

According to Byrd's letter, inaccuracies in the film include the assertion that Diebold, whose election systems unit is based in Allen, Texas, tabulated more than 40 percent of the votes cast in the 2000 presidential election.

The letter says Diebold wasn't in the electronic voting business in 2000, when disputes over ballots in Florida delayed President Bush's victory for more than a month and raised questions about the reliability of electronic voting machines.

"We stand by the film," said Jeff Cusson, a spokesman for HBO, which is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

"We have no intention of withdrawing it from our schedule. It appears that the film Diebold is responding to is not the film HBO is airing."

David Bear, a spokesman for Diebold, said the company bought another firm, Global Elections, in 2002 that served about 8 percent of balloting in 2000, including voters in Florida. The company, which hasn't seen the film, based its complaints on material from the HBO Web site, Bear said.

This is Diebold's second recent defense of its system. On Sept. 26, Byrd wrote to Jann Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, saying a story written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., "Will the Next Election Be Hacked?" was "error-riddled" and that readers "deserve a better researched and reported article."

The HBO documentary is based on the work of Bev Harris, the Renton woman who founded, which monitors election accuracy. In 2004 the attorney general of California took up a whistle-blower claim filed by Harris against Diebold and settled with the company for $2.6 million in December.
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Diebold Demands That Hbo Cancel Documentary On Voting Machines - byrd - 11-07-2006


Diebold Demands That Hbo Cancel Documentary On Voting Machines - viladrau - 11-18-2006

not surprising hah!
great documentary, thank you HBO

Diebold Demands That Hbo Cancel Documentary On Voting Machines - JohnDoe1984 - 11-18-2006

HBO dropped the biz-omb! ... hehe

I loved this film. Diebold is in real trouble if most of America sees this. They know it and I don't blame them for at least trying to stop it. Though a better aproach would have been not to lie through your teeth in the first place. :biggrin:

This film is getting my boss all pissed off and he's a self described "die-hard republican", that doesn't believe anything strange about 9/11.

The best part is people trust HBO this isn't some internet movie maker's debut or anything.

I really do think it's too late for diebold. They screwed the public good and some people are starting to realize it.

I don't belive that software that is purposely designed to be as secure as possible could accidentally have all these security holes. Fact is hacks were built into the design and then hidden. Diebold really can't deny it.