Thursday, June 7, 2007

Sarasota County Switches to Diebold Voting Machines

Sarasota County will have new voting machines by November, and the company that sold the county its controversial touch-screen system will not provide them, county commissioners decided Wednesday.

County leaders unanimously voted to begin negotiating with North Canton, Ohio-based Diebold for new optical scan voting machines.

Diebold has suffered from controversies. The company's former CEO, Wally O'Dell, was a fundraiser for President Bush's 2004 campaign and said he was committed 'to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President.' O'Dell later resigned.

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