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Accession Number 2012.004
Catalog Number 2012.004.015
Object Name Button, Political
Title The Computer Ate My Vote
Description Red background with a pink computer with white teeth and the words: "THE COMPUTER / ATE MY VOTE / DIEBOLD /"
Date ca. 2003
Dimensions Dia-3 inches
Notes In August 2003, Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold, announced that he had been a top fund-raiser for President George W. Bush and had sent a get-out-the-funds letter to Ohio Republicans. In the letters he says he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." Although he clarified his statement as merely a poor choice of words, critics of Diebold and/or the Republican party interpreted this as, at minimum, an indication of a conflict of interest, at worst implying a risk to the fair counting of ballots. He responded to the critics by pointing out that the company's election machines division was run out of Texas by a registered Democrat. O'Dell resigned his post of chairman and chief executive of Diebold on December 12, 2005 following reports that the company was facing securities fraud litigation surrounding charges of insider trading.

This button suggests that Diebold voting machines were not counting some voters' votes by having the computer "eat" the cast ballots.
Material Metal
Provenance Peg Rosenfeld, an Elections Specialist at the Ohio Women League of Voters, donated a collection of political memorabilia and ephemera to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board in 2012.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Search Terms Computer
Voting Machine
Subjects Fraud
Vote counting
Vote tabulation
Collection Peg Rosenfeld Collection