[E-voting] press release

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Thu Jul 6 11:32:39 IST 2006


or, "ICTE Welcomes E-Voting Report, Urges Cost-Benefit Analysis Prior to 
Further Spending"

Catherine Ansbro wrote:

> Title:
>
> ICTE Welcomes E-Voting Report, Recommends Cost-Benefit Analysis
>
> Catherine
>
> 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?
>>
>> ICTE WELCOMES E-VOTING REPORT, URGES CAUTION
>> 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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