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Save North Carolina's E-Voting Law From Diebold! PDF  | Print |  Email
By Electronic Frontier Foundation   
December 29, 2005
North Carolina has one of the most stringent electronic voting laws in the country, the Public Confidence in Elections Act (Senate Bill 223), passed unanimously by the General Assembly in 2005. The law guarantees that, among other things, the source code to electronic voting equipment be made available for security review by state authorities.

More info:
Diebold's letter to North Carolina

Full Text of Public Confidence in Elections Act


Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) lawyers have been to court twice recently to defend the law and prevent the voting machine manufacturer Diebold from evading it. Last week, Diebold again admitted that it could not comply with the requirements and withdrew at least temporarily from North Carolina.

Now, voting machine lobbyists led by Diebold are calling for a special session of the General Assembly in order to weaken or even repeal the law. Diebold's lawyers have offered to assist "in getting current Session Law revised, so that all vendors will be able to comply with the State Election Law." Of course, that means watering down the law so that Diebold can sell its machines, despite its refusal to permit full access to all of the software used in its machines.


With the law crippled, neither voters nor the state will know for certain what software is running voting equipment, and as a result, whether a security vulnerability or bad programming risks the integrity of the vote.

Calls for a legislative "fix" are being made despite the fact that all North Carolina counties can purchase state-certified voting equipment whose manufacturer, ES&S, has already confirmed that it can meet all the requirements of state law.


The pressure is on the Governor to decide before January. If you want to tell him to stay the course and protect North Carolina’s elections, you must do it now. Tell him that a safe and verifiable vote for everyone in the state is more important than the needs of special interests. You'll be able to send a fax and email for free by clicking here.

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