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California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has announced a two-point-six million dollar settlement with Diebold — resolving a lawsuit alleging that the company sold shoddy voting equipment in the state.

Some critics are characterizing the settlement as a slap on the wrist.

Diebold also agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to partially reimburse Alameda, San Diego and other counties for the cost of paper backup ballots, ink and other supplies in last week´s election.

California´s secretary of state banned the use of one type of Diebold machine in May, after problems with the machines disenfranchised an unknown number of voters.