ES&S kauft Diebold’s Premier Elections Solutions

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(der beitrag ist auch bei papierwahl.at zu lesen)

Diebold, bei papierwahl.at auch schon des öfteren negativ aufgefallen, hat diese Woche Mittwoch sein für Wahlcomputer zuständiges Tochterunternehmen Premier Election Solutions an ES&S (Election Systems & Software) verkauft.
Für 5 Millionen Dollar erhält ES&S damit quasi das Monopol im US-Wahlcomputermarkt:

Even before the sale, ES&S was already the nation’s largest voting machine maker. Present in 43 states, ES&S systems were “utilized in counting approximately 50 percent of the votes in the last four major U.S. elections,” according to the company’s website. The company also created the statewide voter registration systems used in California, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska and New Mexico.

With its acquisition of Premier, the second-largest voting machine maker, ES&S achieves a near monopoly on election gear in the country.
[Threat Level]

Die futurezone und heise fassen auch nochmal zusammen.

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