Diebold – maker of ATMs and voting machines – says it’s “indefinitely” holding off on plans to build a new global headquarters in the Summit County city of Green.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner wants Cuyahoga County to switch from electronic touch screen voting to an optical scanning system that uses paper ballots. Elections officials in other counties wonder if they too will be required to make the change.
Three-quarters of Ohio voters cast their ballots using punch cards. But the punch card system is coming to an end thanks to the federal government which has mandated their elimination by 2006. Half of Ohio’s counties will use electronic machines tomorrow – most will use touch screen machines manufactured by Ohio-based Diebold.