Voting, on the other hand, is purely a cost. There's no money to be made from having voting systems, so operators will naturally be attracted to the cheapest possible option. That accurate voting has a value all of its own doesn't attract the accountants
There are unfortunate parallels with parts of our health and disability sectors, where the main driver is cheapness because many things that count don't have dollars attached to them. It's only one factor in publicised complaints, but it saddens me that it exists at all.
Blaze said the calibration function on the ES&S machine isn't password-protected, making it easy for a poll worker -- or even a voter -- to access the calibration menu in the middle of an election using a PEB device (Personalized Electronic Ballot), which election officials insert in a port on the face of the machine. A PEB might be stolen or purchased online, or an intruder can simulate a PEB by using a Palm Pilot or other handheld device with an infrared port.
How much did you lose?