[E-voting] Odd S'Indo Article
cansbro at eircom.net
Mon Aug 21 10:40:22 IST 2006
It's important to observe how the Indo is framing this issue. This is
language we should be using for ourselves--voting by electrons in a
black box is a threat to democracy. We cannot afford to let others
frame the issue for us.
Democracy relies on transparent, observable vote counting. Any slight
hypothetical advantages of a more perfect distribution of surpluses are
completely outweighted by the irretrievable damage to transparency and
public involvement in the vote-counting process should a system be
introduces which depends of electronic counting methods.
Did you see the results of the recent poll in the USA on vote counting?
92% of all voters want transparency in vote counting. The results were
consistent for all political parties and all minority groupings. A
landslide, in other words.
> I'm not sure exactly what they mean by:
>> Without it, an element of chance remained which could have a
>> detrimental effect on the stability of our democracy.
> Are they saying that the current system is a threat to democracy
> because there is an element
> of chance involved? That would be quite ridiculous. Unverifiable
> e-voting is a far greater
> threat to democracy.
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