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The use of voting machine technology in India and the United States has been rife with accusations of new opportunities for electoral fraud. In 2000, there were a number of surprise Republican wins, which, in sum, barely gave the GOP the Senate in 2000 (until Jim Jeffords defected).
These races were all tallied in whole or in part by voting machines made by companies with close ties to the GOP and the religious right. One candidate, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, "left his job as head of an electronic voting machine company to run as a long-shot candidate for the U.S. Senate." The machines vended by ES&S and Diebold Election Systems recorded that he won "stunning" upset victories in both the Republican primary and the general election." It is impossible to validate or recount ballots, as ballots do not exist. Source code for the machines is not available for scrutiny to the general public.
In July 2003, India, the largest democracy in the world, ran an all-electronic election, over the objections of opposition parties. Claims made by government-appointed experts that voting machines "could not be tampered with" are generally discarded by experts in every developed nation.