[E-voting] Comparison with Paper
stan at voyager.ie
Tue Jul 4 20:24:34 IST 2006
>From section 5:
Paper voting is "likely to deliver a more accurate expression of voter preferences"
Inadvertent voting errors are estimated at 0.8% for paper, while inputting Postal
Votes "in the wild" has an error rate of .34% (in spite of " a three-way check on each
ballot before it was cast")
"Given the transparent conditions under which Irish elections are currently conducted in
open public view using the paper method, the likely occurrence of major counting errors
is extremely low" ---- versus ---- "the potential for an inaccuracy in the counting of
votes to go unnoticed is greater under an electronic system than under the paper system."
"Although these weaknesses of electronic systems generally can be largely overcome by
rigorous design, testing and assurance stages [...] these conditions are not met in
respect of the chosen system at this time."
"the paper ballots are retained by election officials, with the consequence that an
election can be fully audited with reference to manual vote records if required. [...]
Since the chosen electronic system does not have this facility [...] it is not subject
to any meaningful independent audit of its vote recording function. Thus the paper
system is superior in this respect."
Given the above advantages of paper, in the most critical aspects of the voting system,
can somebody explain how the CEV came to conclude that paper was only marginally better
than "The Chosen System"
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