[E-voting] press release

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Thu Jul 6 11:29:57 IST 2006


ICTE Welcomes E-Voting Report, Recommends Cost-Benefit Analysis


Margaret McGaley wrote:

> 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
> 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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