This thread on Indymedia has more good information on what exactly is in those Diebold memos, and why it is so incriminating. In particular, how easy it is to alter the vote log, and who does it -- from the memos:
Being able to end-run the database has admittedly got people out of a bind though. Jane (I think it was Jane) did some fancy footwork on the .mdb file in Gaston recently. I know our dealers do it. King County is famous for it. That's why we've never put a password on the file before.
Also, the indymedia commenter notes:
Then, bear in mind that GEMS programs 1.11.14 and 1.17.17 are certified -- and check out how many times they are installing 1.14.xx and 1.15.xx series and using them in elections! (Totally illegal: what this means is the software used in these elections was never looked at by ANYONE except a handful of programmers in Canada.) Pretty much throws the whole certification and testing argument out the window.
Ok, that's my last "democracy dying" post for the day. (More are definitely in the future, unfortunately.)