The EFF reports today in a press release that the North Carolina federal judge has thrown out Diebold's attempt to evade the source code escrow requirements for third party code imposed by a new North Carolina law. "The law requires escrow of the source code for all voting systems to be certified in the state and identification of programmers. In today's hearing, the judge told Diebold if it wanted to continue in the bidding process for certified election systems in the state, it must follow the law and if it failed to do so, it would face liability." The U.S. press hasn't picked up on the story yet but there is an article in The Age out of Australia, which reports: "The State Board of Elections has told potential suppliers to provide code for all available software and explain why some is unavailable. That's not enough of an assurance for Diebold, which remains concerned about breaking a law that's punishable by a low-grade felony and a civil penalty of up to $US100,000 ($A135,091) per violation." The likely result is that: a) Diebold will stop selling in North Carolina, and b) hopefully, that other states will begin to impose similar requirements. We can hope.