Diebold is back in the news. Poor company. Not a good week for sure.
First, some of the software on machines was not certified for elections. This is the sentence that nails them hard. “The audit uncovered discrepancies between what Diebold said was installed in counties and what auditors actually found.” Some of it is undoubtedly the county’s fault. They should know what is installed in every machiine, who touched it when for what, and other pertinent information. Scary indeed.
Second, ex-cons run a subsidiary? How far should a company go to make sure something his air tight? Hiring programmers to write vote counting code internally and doing background checks on those people is one thing. Doing background checks on programmers that formerly worked for a company before acquiring them is probably over the top.
The legislation could potentially be joke. Anyone hired to work for a voting software company has to go through background check. Say a company writes a piece of software to work for another industry. They realized they are not able to sell it in that market, but maybe a voting software company would be interested? Do they do background checks and fire anyone who fails?