Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Voting machine stolen from elections judge

FABULOUS SECURITY! I hope that the e-Voting machine is returned . . . AFTER the thief figures out where all of the flaws are (and submits a report to the public)!

Voting machine stolen from elections judge

11:50 AM CST on Monday, March 6, 2006
From Dallas News - Staff Reports

An electronic voting machine was stolen from the home of a Dallas County elections judge over the weekend.

Sgt. Don Peritz, a Dallas County Sheriff spokesman, said the judge notified sheriff's dispatchers Sunday afternoon that the iVotronic touch-screen machine was stolen from his home in the 200 block of East 5th Street.

Dallas County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet said the machine will not function without an additional piece of hardware called a personalized electronic ballot, or PEB.

Mr. Sherbet said his employees identified the serial number of the stolen machine and have blocked it from any access to the elections system, reducing the risk of vote fraud.

Dallas County purchased about 750 of the ADA-compliant special voting machines for visually impaired and blind voters. The machines cost about $3,000 each, roughly the same amount the county puts out for an electronic touch-screen voting machine.

Sgt. Peritz said sheriff's detectives are investigating the theft.

Dallas Morning News staff writer Herb Booth contributed to this report.

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