LEON COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DIEBOLD-Andrew Stelzer

03/09/06

The Supervisor of elections in Leon county Florida, who recently exposed that Diebold voting machines can be hacked, is now planning legal action against Diebold, because the company is refusing to sell him voting machines.

In December, Leon county elections supervisor Ion Sancho enlisted a Finnish computer expert to try and hack the county’s Diebold machines. After the hacker was successful in showing how someone inside the supervisor's office could alter election results without a trace, Sancho vowed not to use Diebold machines in another election. Since then, however, the other 2 companies which are approved to supply voting machines in Florida-- ES&S and Sequoia, have refused to sell machines to Leon county, which left Sancho with no choice but to go with Diebold.

But Diebold, despite its contact to deliver machines, is also refusing to sell them to Leon County. Now Sancho has field notice of legal proceedings against , alleging that the company is in breach of that contract.

While California's voting systems assessment board has praised Sanchos security tests Florida’s secretary of state, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush, has threatened legal action against him. Sancho says his critics are being driven by Florida’s intensely partisan elections system, and he plans to continue testing on whatever system to county ends up with.

SANCHO ON DIEBOLD

That was Leon county elections supervisor Ion Sancho.

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