[E-voting] Today's Indo 13/7/6

Stan Nangle stan at voyager.ie
Thu Jul 13 20:19:43 IST 2006


The last line of the last paragraph is definitely out of order!

"The use of electronic voting has already been ruled out for next year's general 
election, despite being successfully used in three different constituencies during the 
election of May 2002."

Since when was the trial in 2002 a success?

Stan:

http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=9&si=1650298&issue_id=14333
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THE Government is refusing to give up on electronic voting despite an independent 
commission firmly pressing the delete button last week. 

Ministers decided yesterday to pursue an effort to develop stand-alone software that 
would enable more than 7,000 electronic voting machines, currently in costly storage, to 
emerge for some future poll. 

The Commission on Electronic Voting last week lambasted the existing software for the 
machines, saying it had identified many bugs in the Nedap Powervote systems and could 
not be sure that others did not exist. 

But the Government is refusing to accept that the machines, bought at a cost of €52m, 
might never be used. They currently cost €700,000 annually to store. 

The Cabinet has set up a Ministerial subcommittee to "consider further" the report of 
the commission, with the aim of resuscitating e-voting. Environment Minister Dick Roche 
will be joined by Ministers Noel Dempsey, Brian Cowen and Michael McDowell in looking 
again at how the machines might be used. 

Their mission is to "identify any improvements that might be built into the system", a 
Government spokeswoman said last night. 

The subcommittee will also look to establish a peer group of international experts to 
supervise the development of possible future software. 

Entirely new software would be needed if the stored machines were ever to be used here, 
the commission indicated in its report last week. 

The use of electronic voting has already been ruled out for next year's general 
election, despite being successfully used in three different constituencies during the 
election of May 2002.






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