[E-voting] Legal/Constitutional Opinions on eVoting (was: Electronic Voting in the Dáil Yeste rday)

Stan Nangle stan at voyager.ie
Thu Dec 1 15:05:17 GMT 2005

Hi all,

I haven't read the final legislation, but the last version I read (Committee Stage?) was 
riddled with procedural erors, terminology errors, and struck me as the worst piece of 
legislation I had ever read - certainly compared to the Road Traffic Acts and the 
Companies Acts.

IIRC I suggested >27 separate amendments to Ciaran Cuffe, but I don't think they were 

I must go back and read it again, but my gut feel is that it wouldn't get past scrutiny 
by the Courts.


On Thu,  1 Dec 2005 12:12:35 +0000, Keith Martin wrote
> I've just had the following question submitted:
> ************************
> To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr
> Roche:
> Has a legal opinion been sought in relation to the conduct of elections or
> referendums where an electronic voting system is used; where such opinion might
> be viewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter?
> Ruairi Quinn TD (Labour Party)
> For written reply
> Submitted 1st December 2005
> ************************
> The wording might seem a bit wierd, but there's a particular way to ask
> parliamentary questions in order to get answers!  
> I unfortunately missed this morning's deadline, but it'll get answered on
> Tuesday 13th December.
> I'm also told that in one of Labour's submissions to the CEV, it was argued that
> eVoting was unconstitutional.  It wasn't in the main "Labour Party" one, but was
> in one of the ones submitted by Labour Party representatives or members - I just
> can't remember which!
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