November 11, 2004
Diebold has agreed to pay the state of California $2.6 million to settle claims that it falsely certified the security of its electronic voting machines, misleading six counties into buying the machines.
The whistleblowers in the suit had sought as much as $57 million in damages. The California False Claims Act allows for treble damages and California and Alameda County had spent $19 million on the machines.
The settlement must still be approved by the court.
The proposed settlement agreement can be found at the California Attorney General’s website.