[E-voting] Carter & Baker call for VVPB in US (Irish Times)

Adrian Colley aecolley at spamcop.net
Wed Sep 21 19:36:47 IST 2005

This article on page 11 of Tuesday's Irish Times contains a viciously
abbreviated summary of the US e-voting fiasco so far.  The fact that
Jimmy Carter and James Baker are now publicly behind VVPB should be
useful if the Irish Government continues to dismiss it.  The remaining
excuse (that the Nedap/Powervote system is completely incomparable with
the US systems) is largely incredible since the revelations of the
First Report from the Commission on Electronic Voting.


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Report urges changes to US voting system
(Dan Balz in Washington)

Warning that public confidence in the US's election system is flagging,
a commission headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former
secretary of state James Baker has called for changes in how Americans
vote, including photo IDs for all voters, verifiable paper trails for
electronic voting machines and impartial administration of elections.

Federal legislation enacted in 2002 grew out of the disputed election of
2000.  But the Carter-Baker commission said that, even with some
important changes in place, the 2004 election was marred by many of the
same errors as the 2000 election.

Disputes over the counting of provisional ballots, the accuracy of
registration lists, long queues at some polling places, timely
administration of absentee ballots and questions about the security of
some e-voting machines tarnished the 2004 elections.

The Florida recount in 2000, with its images of "hanging chads", spurred
the shift to electronic ballots.  But flaws in new computerised systems
have led to doubts about their accuracy.  The commission calls on
Congress to require that all electronic machines include the capacity
for a paper trail that voters can use to verify their vote.

The most controversial recommendation calls for all voters to produce a
standard photo identification card before being allowed to vote.
Critics say the requirement could intimidate or discourage some
Americans, particularly the elderly, the poor and minorities, from
participating in elections.  The 2002 act required the use of
provisional ballots for any eligible voter who shows up at a polling
place but whose name is not on a registration list, but in the 2004
election Alaska counted 97 per cent of its provisianol ballots and
Delaware, 6 per cent.  The group recommends states set uniform
standards.  (LA Times-Washington Post service)


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