Statement of Diebold Election Systems on California Secretary of State's Top-to-Bottom Review of Voting Systems


ALLEN, Texas, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Diebold Election Systems (DESI) issued the following statement today regarding the conclusions of the California Secretary of State's Top-to-Bottom Review of Voting Systems. The statement may be attributed to Dave Byrd, President, Diebold Election Systems.


"We are disappointed that Secretary Bowen has taken action to severely limit the options available to local election officials and voters in California.


"One hundred and twenty six thousand DESI touch screen voting solutions were used successfully across the country in November 2006. DESI's touch screen voting solutions have been proven 100 percent accurate in tests conducted on Election Day in California and across the country.


"Secretary Bowen's top-to-bottom review was designed to ignore security procedures and protocols that are used during every election. Her team of hackers was given unfettered access to the equipment, the source code, and all other information on security features provided by DESI to the Secretary of State's office. And she refused to include in the review the current version of DESI's touch screen software with enhanced security features.


"Local election officials in California have put in place proper policies and procedures which compliment the security features of DESI's voting solutions. We will continue to work with them to ensure that on Election Day every vote cast on DESI voting solutions is safe, secure and accurate."


SOURCE Diebold Election Systems


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