[E-voting] eVoting fiasco - is this the beginning of the end?

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Sun Mar 5 23:07:55 GMT 2006

I heard that, too, Joe, and I interpreted it the same way.

The Ireland on Sunday perspective is more worrying--but I've no idea as 
to the accuracy of their information.  How on earth could €10 million 
make the system "completely secure, tamper free and above reproach"?  
Who would determine whether or not these standards were met, and on what 
grounds?  If true, this would be a set-up for another PPARS situation.  
You could throw another €20 million or €30 million or more at the 
system, and still not address the problem.  (I wonder how they came up 
with the figure of €10 million?  A nice, big-sounding number?  Sounds 
like the kind of back-of-the-envelope estimates the NRA did in the past.)


Joe McCarthy wrote:

> eh - did I hear this right?
> Today the Minister for the Environment Dick Roche TD hinted that the 
> evoting fiasco might be reaching its final stage.
> His reply to a question on RTE radio was: "I have already actually 
> discussed the idea of a central location for storage but maybe events 
> might catch up on that."
> What event other than scrapping the lot could he have been referring to?
> The programme can be heard on the RTE This Week programme at 
> http://dynamic.rte.ie/av/228-2121025.smil
> The full transcript is as follows:
> Gerald Barry:
> One further question which I am sure a lot of people would like me to 
> put to you.
> Are the electoral machines [Minister laughs] – the computers - going 
> to be moved out of storage now and put on the funeral pyre?
> Minister Dick Roche TD:
> Well, now, ah, two things there.
> First of all this, ah, the Commission on Electronic Voting will 
> shortly be bringing in its report.
> I think fundamental decisions are going to have to be made when that 
> comes and I don’t know what’s in that report but as soon as I see it I 
> will.
> I have already actually discussed the idea of a central location for 
> storage but maybe events might catch up on that.
> [Interview ends.]
> -- 
> Joe McCarthy
> PS.
> Today's Ireland on Sunday has an article suggesting that the CEV 
> consultants will recommend that up to EUR 10m be spent to make it 
> "completely secure, tamper free and above reproach".
> J.
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