[E-voting] Today's Irish Times
joe.mccarthy at arkaon.com
Thu Jul 13 13:11:20 IST 2006
The Minister's proposal of a "peer review group (drawn from
international electoral reform bodies and the IT industry) to supervise
any software redesign work" is just a stop-gap exercise to postpone
matters until after the next election. This will be another
non-statutory expensive delaying mechanism.
The CEV called for an independent statutory electoral commission (R.41
on page 206).
This is a very comprehensive recommendation to subsume the current
oversight vested in the Deparment, the CEV and other commissions such as
the Standards in Public Office, the Referendum and the Constituency
No public debate has taken place on the need for electronic voting in
the first place.
We have been presented with a fait accompli which turns out to be
We should not even indulge in discussing the composition or merits of
the review group until agreement is reached on the need for electronic
voting in the first place.
The CEV itself said "the breadth and complexity of the issues that have
arisen in the Commission’s work suggest that no electoral administration
anywhere has so far really come to terms with all of the issues raised
by the introduction of electronic systems in place of paper voting systems."
I have now come to the view that electronic voting for STV can never be
implemented safely. While it is possible that electronic counting may
have some merit, I believe the cost benefit case will be negative.
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