Video: 'Worst': Voting machine company

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
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updated 11/2/2006 10:50:59 AM ET 2006-11-02T15:50:59
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Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Some contenders are lucky — or unlucky —enough to be nominated more than once.

The bronze goes to the Colorado State Republican Party deciding to attack the Democratic candidate in the seventh congressional district, Ed Perlmutter with a direct mail campaign. 

They say Perlmutter’s soft on crime. 

But, there’s nothing particularly out of line about that regardless of whether or not it’s true, except that the fliers sent to the homes of thousands of Denver voters was specially designed to look exactly like a sex offender notification card. 

The Silver goes to Mayor Saundra Naifeh of Edmond, Oklahoma.  She and five dozen volunteers personally distributed 22,000 fliers discouraging underage drinking.  We’re having trouble with fliers today.  The phone number on the hotline set up to combat underage drinking is actually the number of a phone sex line.  Well, that might discourage underage drinking.

But our winners, the fine folks at Diebold, the makers of those handy-dandy ever-reliable comprised voting machines that don’t leave a paper trail nor any of those inconvenient records of who voted for whom. 

HBO has done a documentary called "Hacking Democracy" premiers tomorrow.  Diebold says the movie questions the integrity of it’s machines.  They've demanded HBO cancel the program. Look, Diebold, just do what you always do -- wait for the results of HBO’s ratings, flip the odometers back to zero.  That’ll learn ‘em. 

The Diebold company, Wednesday's "Worst Person in the World."

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