* US Justice Dept orders Election Systems to sell assets
* Assets were acquired from Diebold in September
WASHINGTON, March 8 The U.S. Justice Department
required Election Systems & Software to partially undo a deal
last year between it and a unit of Diebold Inc (DBD.N), the two
largest U.S. makers of voting machines.
The Justice Department announced on Monday a settlement
with Election Systems, which would require the company to sell
voting equipment systems assets it bought from Premier Election
Solutions Inc, a unit of Diebold.
"The proposed settlement will restore competition, provide
a greater range of choices and create incentives to provide
secure, accurate and reliable voting equipment systems now and
in the future," said Molly Boast, deputy assistant attorney
general for the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.
While the deal was on the small side, about $5 million, it
gave Election Systems more than 70 percent of the U.S. voting
equipment systems market.
On Sept. 1, Diebold, known for its automated teller
machines, sold its U.S. voting machine business, which
represented almost 3 percent of the company's 2008 revenue, to
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)