Thursday, September 15, 2005

Diebold Insider Speaks to The Brad Blog

For those not up on their conspiracy theories, Diebold is the Ohio-based company that produces the infamous no-paper-trail electronic voting machines (and about 99.9% of the world's ATMs). This is also the company whose CEO said in the run up to the 2004 election that he would do everything in his power to see that W was elected. By any estimation, there were some disconcerting irregularities in many of the voting precincts handled with Diebold machines, leading to rampant speculation and accusations that the company had worked with and/or looked the other way while Bush operatives fixed the election.

While I am always skeptical of anything that remotely resembles a conspiracy theory, I've always thought this story might have legs. This is particularly true in Ohio where there were so many red flags one couldn't help but smell a rat. And if any of you have followed Ohio politics in the past few months you know the place is a cesspool of GOP corruption and it's all coming unraveled. Several top officials, including the Governor, are in deep trouble and may end up spending time in jail.

I knew, though, that all the spinning and investigating that occurred immediately after the election probably wasn't going to amount to much. However, if there is any truth to the vote rigging theories, history shows that no matter how well the bad guys think they've covered their tracks, one day someone will squeal and come forward with the smoking gun. Actually, a few have squealed over the last year but none have had any really damning evidence.

Could this be the one? If so, it is sooner than I would have expected and it's really bad timing for Bush Co. Could be interesting. Or it could be nothing.



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