Not mere opinion

The February 1st Post-Gazette ("Allegheny County remains undecided about new voting machines") reports that I "told" Election Board members that Diebold installed uncertified software on voting machines in California and quotes a Diebold representative as saying the changes weren't "substantive" and "didn't need certification".

But I was quoting a report issued by the California Secretary of State--including the part which reads, "Diebold eventually acknowledged that it had failed to notify the Secretary of State of its proposed system modifications, and that its failure to obtain certification for these modifications violated state law". If Diebold's spokesman doesn't like what I said, perhaps he should take it up with the state of California--or with his co-workers.

David Eckhardt
Mt. Lebanon