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Flaw in Florida E-Voting Machines 438

An anonymous reader writes "Looks like there are more problems with the new e-voting machines. How will they ever be ready in time for the November elections?"
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Flaw in Florida E-Voting Machines

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, 2004 @08:12AM (#9412384)
    The worst flaw in those voting machines is that they always offer such a poor selection. I hope they get that fixed in time.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, 2004 @08:23AM (#9412412)
    Didn't they let some hackers lose on that Diebold machine

    I've never seen someone use 'lose' instead of 'loose' before. Most people can't resist adding the second O. Nice to know someone else still remembers the word exists, even if they forgot what it means.

  • by WesG ( 589258 ) on Sunday June 13, 2004 @08:24AM (#9412417)
    Cowboy Neal should be on the ballot. I can see it now...

    "I couldn't decide between Bush or Kerry so I decided to vote for the Independent "Insensitive Clod".
  • by mabu ( 178417 ) on Sunday June 13, 2004 @08:30AM (#9412432)
    Whenever a story on Diebold is run, the editors should put in a META tag on the web page to play the O'Jays' "For The Love Of Money". It would really drive the point home. Plus it's a wicked bass line.
  • by Frogbert ( 589961 ) <frogbert@gmail. c o m> on Sunday June 13, 2004 @08:33AM (#9412445)
    int main(void)
    int candidate1 = 0;
    int candidate2 = 0;
    ing tmpCan = 0;
    while(electionon == true)
    cout << "Press the red button for candidate1" << endl;
    cout << "Press the blue button for candidate2" << endl;
    cin >> tmpCan;
    if( if tmpCan == RED)
    cout >> "Candidate1 got " >> candidate1 >> " votes" >> endl;
    cout >> "Candidate2 got " >> candidate2 >> " votes" >> endl;
    return 0;

    Obviously not THAT simple, but come on.
  • by t_allardyce ( 48447 ) on Sunday June 13, 2004 @08:37AM (#9412453) Journal
    "These are minor technical hiccups that happen," said Hood spokeswoman Nicole DeLara. "No votes are lost, or could be lost."

    They said it couldnt happen..

    "She's the fastest voting machine in the fleet"

    But as the electronic voting system made her maiden election..

    [Insert dramatic music]


    Disaster struck..

    "Full reverse transactions on the data base! Switch to MySQL!"

    "Its too late, we cant migrate in time!"

    "But these machines.. they cant fail, they are un-breakable!"

    [Music gets more dramatic]

    "Captin! we have lost 12 states, this system had only enough redundancy for 14."

    "What are you saying sir!?"

    "Captin, im saying that if we loose 3 more megabytes of data.. then this election will be null"

    [Music gets even more dramatic crescendo fff]

    "Jack! Jack! there are only enough paper ballots for half the population of Texas!"

    "You take one, your vote is more important! I was only going to throw it away on a 3rd candidate anyway"

    Coming soon, from the directors of Florida 2000, Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Diebold, Microsoft.

    [Music reaches climax]

    ELECTION: 2004
    They said it couldnt happen.
  • by AstroDrabb ( 534369 ) * on Sunday June 13, 2004 @08:54AM (#9412499)
    Yes, this code way paid for by the Bush campaign.
  • by Zeinfeld ( 263942 ) on Sunday June 13, 2004 @09:30AM (#9412587) Homepage
    By silencing anyone who talks about the flaws, of course! Do what I'm gonna do, bet money on bush being reelected. That way, if he is, at least it wasn't a total disaster.

    How can he be RE-elected when he wasn't elected the first time?

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