[E-voting] Letter to the Minister (Number 4)

Fergal Daly fergal at esatclear.ie
Fri Mar 5 12:29:07 GMT 2004

How about an open letter to a paper (since he's going to ignore it anyway!)?


On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 11:40:17AM +0000, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> Comments appreciated, it's inappropriate to speak for the ICS - so
> hopefully I've limited myself enough there (ie to just quoting them),
> and mayve overall it's too aggressive and might need toning down.
> Minister,
> 	Further to my letters on February 14th (REP696/MC/04) and 23rd, I wish 
> to re-iterate our offer to meet with yourself to discuss our concerns regarding
> the unverifiability of E-voting as currently proposed. I also, once again, urge
> you not to proceed with any electronic voting system that does not include a
> Voter Verified Audit Trail (VVAT). A VVAT is the only way in which 
> electronically recorded votes may be verified as accurate.
> 	On Thursday 4th April, you made some comments in D?il ?ireann that
> misrepresent Irish Citizens for Trustworthy E-voting (ICTE) and I respectfully
> ask that you correct these misrepresentations at the earliest possible 
> opportunity. Your assertion that the either ICTE, or the Irish Computer Society
> (a completely seperate group - also recommending a VVAT) are "opposed to all 
> forms of electronic voting" is completely untrue. I remind you of my earlier 
> statements in letters to you that we are not against E-voting per se and
> direct your attention to the ICS's assertion that "The ICS's stance remains 
> that it is in favour of electronic voting in principle".
> 	I also take issue with your statement that "The group is not dealing
> with the system about which we are talking.". Both ICTE and the ICS are
> categorically dealing with the Irish system and not, as you have alleged, any
> other system. While calls for a VVAT are particularly vocal within the United
> States and other constuencies using touch-screen voting; both the need and 
> calls for a VVAT are in no way limited to such systems. These calls are relevant
> to all electronic voting system. On Tuesday, March 2nd, we held a press briefing
> which explicitly covered the problems as set out in the Irish system.
> 	We welcome your recent suggestion (of March 2nd) "that it is not too 
> much to ask that this debate be informed and wild claims be subject to the 
> scrutiny they deserve." and I remind you of its implications for all parties.
> Is mise le meas,
> 					Colm MacC?rthaigh
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