[E-voting] press release

Margaret McGaley mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie
Thu Jul 6 11:35:37 IST 2006


I don't know, I think that might be too wordy.

Margaret



Catherine Ansbro wrote:

> 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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