California Voting Machines
Raw Story reports that the Republican Secretary of State disbanded the Voting System Panel (VSP) in California (which had rejected Diebold machines in the past) just days before public hearings were to be held on a proposal to recertify the machines the VSP had previously de-certified. The Secretary of State said that a tape recorder would be available at the site of the so-called Public Hearing for anyone who wanted to speak, but that officials would not be present. Meanwhile, it looks as though the Secretary of State plans to sneak the Diebold machines back into use without any further evaluation.
Raw Story is not necessarily the most reliable source, but if this is true, it is really troubling. If the Republicans were really serious about Democracy, they would never be doing this. Their very actions suggest that these machines are rigged.