[E-voting] democracy commission supports e-voting at all Irish
cansbro at eircom.net
Wed Oct 26 12:54:06 IST 2005
I am shocked by this news.
Particularly because I made a very lengthy personal submission to the
Democracy Commission, and also attended the final workshop on the (then)
In the small group to which I was assigned I don't recall hearing any
support for e-voting. I think I was the only one who mentioned it at
all in our group, and it was to stress the potential risk to democracy.
I don't recall this being the subject of debate at the time.
I've no idea who/how this recommendation came to be made, but I would
like to know. I don't think the Democracy Commission would have the
competencies to evaluate the technical issues which are what makes
electronic voting such a potential peril for democracy. Perhaps this
was a draft position from over a year ago when not as much was known? I
do not understand this, and I feel angry that a supposedly participative
process could have produced such an outcome.
Maybe there were hundreds of submissions in favour of electronic
voting? I would find this very surprising if this were the case.
Especially in light of the recent GAO Report in the USA which fully
acknowledges the wide range of potential attacks on electronic voting
systems. See http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001940.htm
See also the following recent comments from a US election official,
saying e-voting is essentially faith-based ("trust me, I'm honest") at
What should we do about this?
I sent a letter to the today show (Pat Kenny) about the GAO
report--little did I know about the bombshell the Irish Democracy
Commission had in store for us.
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