By John Gideon on 6/28/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

The inside Maryland media has finally discovered what was reported outside of Maryland earlier this week; the state’s election director may have a conflict of interest issue and there is no doubt that she suffers from poor decision making. Linda Lamone, Maryland’s top election official allowed her picture, and a statement of questionable quality, to be used in a brochure that Diebold is using to promote their electronic poll book product. While Lamone discusses how great the product is, she conveniently forgets that the system failed miserably when used in the state primary last September. She claims that she sees nothing wrong with allowing Diebold to use this promotion, after all she is a lawyer and she reviewed the brochure before it was printed. The Governor and some state legislators from both parties seem to disagree with Lamone. What are the odds that Diebold will pull back the brochures to help Lamone out of a fix? ...

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