Today Wired News' Kim Zetter reported on their "Threat Level" blog that Maryland Election Director, and long-time Diebold apologist, Linda Lamone has allowed her statements and picture to be used in new advertising brochures Diebold has produced to promote their Express Poll 5000 electronic poll books.
Zetter quotes Lamone:
Note Lamone's mention of being pleased during the general election.
As Zetter points out in her article, the machines that Lamone is speaking for failed spectacularly in Maryland during last September's Maryland primary election. The machines also failed in Georgia last July. It appears that Diebold was doing what seems to have become a common practice among the voting machine vendors, "Beta Testing" in a real election. While Diebold claimed that they fixed all of the problems found during the primaries, at least one official told Zetter that machines in at least one precinct crashed when a last name beginning with "Cur" was typed in.
And what about the conflict of interest of Lamone shilling for a company that the state is doing business with? Zetter goes on to report...
Section 15-506 of the law regarding "Use of prestige of office" reads:
Whether Lamone profited personally from the appearance is unclear. What is very clear, however, is that Lamone, supposedly a Democrat, has shamelessly shilled for the company and covered up for her failures, as well as the company's failures in Maryland for years.