[E-voting] Second draft press release

Fergal Daly fergal at esatclear.ie
Wed Jul 5 16:33:21 IST 2006

On 05/07/06, Margaret McGaley <mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie> wrote:
> Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE) today welcomed the release
> of the
> Commission on Electronic Voting's second report on the secrecy and
> accuracy of
> the Nedap/Powervote e-voting system. "We are satisfied that the report
> vindicates our concerns about this e-voting system, particularly the
> need for a
> voter verified paper audit trail (p153,4) and the need to entirely
> replace the
> vote-management section of the system (p14)" said Margaret McGaley,
> spokesperson for ICTE.
> In response to Minister Roche's determination to continue with the
> introduction
> of this system, Ms McGaley highlighted the expense that the necessary
> modifications
> would entail. "We should not decide to use this system without doing a full
> cost-benefit analysis both for the system as a whole, and from this
> point on.
> The changes laid out by the commission are extensive. They will require a
> significant investment of both time and money to implement, and we need
> to ask
> if this system is worth it. The €60 million that has been spent to date
> is gone
> and the futher investment of several years, and millions of euro, will not
> bring it back."
> "We are particularly happy to see, on page 153 and 154, that the commission
> have explicitly stated that the paper system is superior to the chosen
> system
> because the latter does not provide a voter verified paper audit trail."
> said
> Ms McGaley. ICTE maintains that no electronic voting system can be
> trustworthy
> unless it includes a paper-based voter verified audit trail (VVAT), a view
> shared by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Irish
> Computer
> Society (ICS). According to Fergal Daly of ICTE: "After [frequent/many] bad
> experiences without it, many states in the US have now enacted laws
> mandating VVAT. We should learn from their mistakes rather than repeating
> them."

"After repeated failures of electronic voting systems, many states in
the US are enacting laws mandating VVAT. We should learn from their
mistakes rather than repeating them."

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