[E-voting] Re: Evoting Survey Questions

John Bernard Lambe jlambe at rocketmail.com
Fri Mar 12 13:07:37 GMT 2004


What about:

Which of the following voting systems would you prefer to see used in
Ireland?
- Our existing paper-based system;
- The Nedap/PowerVote system proposed by the government;
- An electronic system with a voter-verified audit trail.

You could add a fourth option for a voter-verifiable (but not
voter-verified) system, but it might make the meaning of the result
less clear unless the question asks them to rank them in order of
preference (if a majority chose this, it would not tell you whether
they would prefer a voter-verifiable audit trail to one).

If a majority choose the third option (above), it shows that they are
not opposed to e-voting.


The above questions assume that they know what a VVAT is, so Adrian's
first question ("In your opinion, when voting in an election, should
you be able to personally ensure that your vote has been recorded
correctly?") might be better, but remember Minister Cullen's answer to
that (idiotic as it is): They can verify it by looking at the display.
He might claim that people who answered 'Yes' to that were supporting
his system completely.
Maybe:
  In your opinion, when voting in an election, should you be able to
  personally ensure that your vote has been recorded correctly, other
  than by trusting an electronic device?
But someone who does not understand VVAT might answer 'No' because they
don't know that you can have this and still have the advantages of
e-voting.

I think it is fairer to ask "is it necessary..." than "should...".

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