California Panel Blasts Virtual Voting

"A California elections panel examining computerized voting machines has unanimously recommended that machines using touch-screen technology be banned in some California counties," reports W. David Gardner. "This is further evidence that attempts across the nation to upgrade and safeguard voting procedures won't be implemented in time for the November elections." Diebold Elections Systems, which manufactures voting machines, came in for particular criticism. "I'm disgusted by the actions of this company," said Marc Carrel, a panel member. Diebold may face criminal charges for violating state election laws.