[E-voting] Answer to PQ re Audit Logs

Aengus Lawlor aengusl at eircom.net
Thu May 5 19:22:35 IST 2005

On Thursday, May 05, 2005 4:48 PM [GMT],
Michael McMahon <michael at hexmedia.com> wrote:

> Ryan Meade wrote:
>>> The Commission on Electronic Voting
>>> confirmed in its first report, published in December 2004, that the
>>> system accurately counted the votes recorded at the pilot polls in
>>> 2002.
>> Any truth in this claim?  Is it even possible to confirm this?
> The conclusion has the following statement:
> "testing of the counting software carried out by experts retained by
> the Commission using voting information from pilot tests during
> previous elections in Ireland confirms that it accurately counted the
> votes recorded at these elections;"
> which sounds reasonable enough. However, the main body in section
> 4.2 says:
> "While it has not been possible to verify that the system correctly
> captured all the votes cast at the 2002 Dáil election and referendum
> because there was no parallel run of paper and electronic voting, the
> Commission has confirmed in its own testing that the votes recorded as
> having been cast at the Dáil election were correctly counted by the
> system."

I wrote a program to count the published ballots, and verified that the
_count_ was accurate. That did nothing to reassure me that the published
ballots were accurate.

Garbage In, Garbage Out.


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