[E-voting] Compulsory voting
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Sun Sep 11 01:50:39 IST 2005
Fergal Daly wrote:
> On 9/10/05, *Craig Burton* <caburt at alphalink.com.au
> <mailto:caburt at alphalink.com.au>> wrote:
> David GLAUDE wrote:
> >I think the argument of fighting random bug (cosmic ray alike) is
> >stronger than fighting fraud in the black box.
> Well I'm sure there are random human errors introduced in counting
> votes, especially PR ones. I think if your method of attack on
> machines only concerns their reliability as general computers you are
> taking on rather a lot of computers.
> 2 things:
> 1 Errors in counting paper votes are almost always on the order of
> single votes and even when multiple errors occur they are very
> unlikely to accumulate in one particular direction. The "distance"
> between humand counted votes and actually cast votes is at most equal
> to the number of errors but is likely to be smaller.
There was an error discovered in one of the Fermanagh-South Tyrone
elections in the 80's in which 1000 Nationalist votes had been counted
for the Unionist candidate
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