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News Release -
Maryland Security Study Validates Diebold Election Systems Equipment for March Primary
Findings Consistent With Prior SAIC Review
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, the Maryland
Department of Legislative Services, based on the analysis by RABA
Technologies, concludes that the March primary election can be held
successfully without any changes to the Diebold Election Systems software.
The software accurately counts votes cast and has the ability to render a
printed image of every ballot cast in the event a recount is necessary.
"The findings in the SAIC and RABA reports both confirm the accuracy and
security of Maryland's voting procedures and our voting systems as they exist
today," said Bob Urosevich, president of Diebold Election Systems, Inc. "With
that said, in our continued spirit of innovation and industry leadership,
there will always be room for improvement and refinement. This is especially
true in assuring the utmost security in elections."
The Department of Legislative Services noted the Diebold AccuVote-TS
voting system has been used in four counties in the last statewide primary and
general elections and in several municipal elections held in 2003. In every
case the equipment performed as intended.
"The real issue for discussion is the untold numbers of voters across the
country who are disenfranchised from the election process by factors unrelated
to security issues. The intuitive nature of electronic voting and its
inherent features remove many barriers that currently disenfranchise voters,"
Urosevich said. "Touch screen voting from Diebold Election Systems has
evolved to be the most secure and accurate election system in the history of
our democracy. It is a dramatic improvement to the chad-laden voting systems
that cheated virtually millions of Americans out of the opportunity to have
their votes accurately cast and counted."
The same Diebold election system used in Maryland has proven to be more
than eight times more accurate than paper balloting in other states, and has
made it possible for visually impaired citizens to cast ballots at each
precinct. The portable system has made voting accessible and approachable for
disabled and incapacitated citizens of Maryland. In addition, electronic
voting has enabled them to vote independently for the very first time.
Because touch-screen voting can offer voters any one of eleven languages,
it allows those citizens with English as a second language the opportunity to
vote unassisted. In addition, its ballot clarity and ease of accessibility has
preserved and extended the precious right to vote for older Maryland citizens.
It is for these reasons, the National Federation for the Blind, the American
Association of People with Disabilities and the League of Woman Voters have
all supported touch-screen voting as a technological success by making the
right to vote a reality for all American citizens.
"While election technology and procedures will continue to improve, touch
screen election systems have been proven to revolutionize the accessibility
and accuracy of the voting process. We are enormously proud to be at the
forefront of election technology and of the role our machines play in
enhancing democracy for the three million registered Maryland voters. We look
forward to continuing those enhancements into the future," Urosevich
Diebold Election Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned operating subsidiary of
Diebold, Incorporated, a global leader in providing integrated self-service
delivery systems and services. Headquartered in McKinney, Texas, Diebold
Election Systems provides high-quality voting technology to jurisdictions of
all sizes, along with comprehensive service and support capability, and is
committed to elections accuracy, security and integrity. For more information
on Diebold Election Systems, visit the company's Web site
at www.dieboldes.com , or call 1-800-433-VOTE.
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