[E-voting] UK govt circular mentions open-source e-voting

cansbro at eircom.net cansbro at eircom.net
Fri Jul 22 10:43:32 IST 2005

I heard comments at the time that they felt that count was being
deliberated slowed down to try to make it look bad (so as to say, "gosh, we
should have used electronic voting").  

It felt that way to many people.

As you said, it seemed unusually long and drawn-out when there was no need
for this being the case.


Original Message:
From: Timothy Murphy tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 23:18:33 +0100
To: e-voting at lists.stdlib.net
Subject: Re: [E-voting] UK govt circular mentions open-source e-voting

On Thu 21 Jul 2005 21:37, Aengus Lawlor wrote:

> >> This is exactly what the term "a solution in search of a problem" was
> >> coined to describe. Our "observation" system isn't broken, and it is
> >> precisely the area that technology is least capable of adequately
> >> replacing.
> >
> > It may not be broken, but it is inordinately slow.
> > E-voting + VVAT is a sensible option, in my view.
> Inordinately slow? It takes a day every 4 or 5 years - what's slow about
> that? It seems to me that this is an example of taking a lead from the US
> (where 4 or 5 ballots a year are not unheard of in some jurisdictions)
> where a 1 day count might indeed be a "problem" that needed to be fixed.

Were you at the RDS count at the last election?
I think the reaction of almost everyone there, regardless of party,
was that the whole thing was excessively long-winded.
(My impression was that it took twice as long as expected.)

Timothy Murphy  
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