[E-voting] press release

Margaret McGaley mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie
Thu Jul 6 11:21:04 IST 2006

Unless anyone has any objections, or is willing to volunteer, I'll send 
the text below at 11:30 with myself as the only contact.

Any ideas for a title?

somthing like that?


Margaret McGaley wrote:

> The latest draft of the press release is below. I'd like to release it 
> today. What time should I send it, and who would be willing to be 
> listed as a contact?
> Margaret
> 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 this 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 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 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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