It makes me cry. I'm sorry but it does. ... There are people out there who are giving their lives to make sure our elections are secure. They're being called conspiracy theorists and technophobes. And these vendors [namely Diebold] are lying and saying that everything's all right and it's not all right.
-- Susan Pynchon of the Florida Fair Elections Coalition, after serving as an eyewitness to the first-known hack of a Diebold optical-scan voting machine conducted independently in Tallahassee, December 2005
The really scary part of the whole electronic voting machine controversy is that we seem to have some Electoral Commissioners in the pockets of companies like Diebold the way that medical doctors seem to be in the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. The Cuyahoga County (OH) Commissioner was buying stock in Diebold at the same time that he was supporting the county's use of Diebold voting machines.