Facing down a Ohio lawsuit against Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold) for selling the state voting machines that habitually lost votes, Diebold has responded with an intriguing defense: it was anti-virus software that ate the votes.Um. I haven’t had to think about this stuff in years, so please forgive me if my terminology or concepts are out of date; but wouldn’t that disable the users’ intrusion detection systems, and their ability to detect stuff like self-modifying code? Which is exactly what you want to be doing when you’re working with Diebold.Brunner said that Premier’s system dropped votes when memory cards were uploaded to shared servers. Election staff recovered the votes hours later, she said.
Election workers notified Premier of the problems and received a product advisory notice in late May. The notice explained that an antivirus program that operated on the server simultaneously had caused the problems. Premier instructed users to disable the antivirus software on vote tabulation servers when uploading votes from memory cards.