Diebold Deal Signed

The voting machine showdown is over. Leon County signed a contract with the company that once refused to sell to the county.

The supervisor of elections says he's not completely comfortable with the contract because Diebold would not commit to a delivery date in that contract.

The nearly $700,000 deal on voting machines for the disabled would bring Leon County into compliance with the Help America Vote Act.

Diebold initially refused to sell to the county after the elections supervisor ran a series of tests showing its system could be hacked.

Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections, said, "The technical staff that we have in the Leon County supervisor of election’s office, I would put against anyone in the country. We will ensure the system is safe if we have anything to say about it."

Sancho said now that the contract is signed, negotiations on a delivery date will begin for the 160 touch screen machines.

County Commissioner Jane Sauls said there is a possibility the county will recover the half a million dollars in grant money it had to return for failing to comply with the federal act in January.