Apr 25 2007
It’s entirely possible that my memory is going, but if I remember right, the Microsoft Jet database engine is the same engine used by Access. I’ve heard of people running successful Access databases, but I’ve never personally seen one that could handle more than half a dozen concurrent users without data corruption. So why was Diebold using Jet as the database engine for their electronic voting machines? Because they still don’t know a thing about building a bulletproof database for tabulating ballots! Ballots are more important than counting widgets coming off an assembly line, but Diebold doesn’t have the basic checks and balances your average manufacturing robot has. It’s obvious from this article that Diebold hasn’t overcome the inherent weaknesses of the Jet database engine.
Something as basic as the database engine choice would have been immediately obvious if electronic voting machines were subject to proper review. But it’s not in the interest of companies like Diebold to have someone look over their shoulder. Maybe they’ll follow through on their previous hints get out of the e-voting machine business.