Florida's Voting Machines May Be Faulty

Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho shows how a computer expert hacked into his voting system and changed totals in a practice election.

Sancho’s been raising red flags about the system, made by a company called Diebold, for months, after other hackers were able to change votes during earlier tests. But Sancho says he’s gotten nowhere with the company or with the secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections.

A Volusia County voting machine had unexplained changes to its vote totals back in 2000, and Sancho thinks his hacker tests may finally have shown how that happened. But acting Secretary Of State David Mann defends the security of the machines.

But with another hotly contested election on the horizon, the questions are likely to continue. Diebold voting equipment is used in 30 counties in Florida, including Jefferson, Madison and Wakulla.


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