post-voting phase is not citizen controlled was [E-voting] terrorism and electronic elections

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at
Mon Jul 11 20:15:11 IST 2005

I agree that it is more secure to count the ballots at the polling 
place.  That is not possible with our PR-STV system, since the 
preferences only have meaning when combined with all the other 
preferences in the larger voting area.


Pierre Muller wrote:

> I should have been more accurate. Sorry. I first said "what happen once
> ballots are counted", then I should have said "post-counting phase". I 
> think it is robust, but not transparent at all.
> Catherine Ansbro a écrit :
>> In Ireland there is close public observation of the post-voting 
>> phase.  Perhaps except for when the ballot boxes are moved from the 
>> polling place to the count centre--and that is done via Garda 
>> (police) escort, at least in theory. 
> In France, ballots are counted in each polling place. Some consider it
> is more secure.
> I recently compared French and Italian electoral precedures, described
> here:, this man
> doesn't only talk about TERRORISM ;-).
> Lots of details differ. But both look robust. And both could be 
> improved ?
>> The opening of the sealed boxes and all phases of counting are the 
>> subject of close scrutiny by the public. You should come over to 
>> observe our counting sometime.
> Well, I plan to visit Ireland some day... I will include an election day
> in my holidays :-)
> Pierre Muller
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