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    It is normal for a private company to extract as much profit out of its customers as possible, even if that customer is the American people and children in the county hospital get shortchanged. This is easy to do in the computer business once a customer has made a big investment in your privately owned systems. It's called "stickiness", and once the customer is stuck with you, you can gouge them for all they have. The voting machine business is no different.

    [The taxpayers] "already bought the system. At this point they are just closing the barn door. Let's just hope that as a company we are smart enough to charge out the yin if they try to change the rules now ..." (Diebold email)

    Over 3 to 5 years, Optical Scan systems cost 60% of DRE (Diebold-like systems) - NY, CONN, FLA, MD

    Companies raise prices on captive customers (Maryland example)

    High cost of maintenance contracts stuns elections officials (from the Columbus Dispatch, March 5, 2006). www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6344


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May 29, 08

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