[E-voting] Re: How Many Machines Are There? - was PAC looks into costs...

Keith Martin keith at keith.gs
Fri Mar 24 14:36:12 GMT 2006

I've just had the following PQ submitted.  It should be answered on 
Tuesday 4th April at the latest.



To ask the Minister for the Environment & Local Government, Mr Roche:

The serial number of each of the Electronic Voting machines owned by 
the State; the current location of each of these machines; the past 
movements of each machine; if he will make this information available 
to Deputies in electronic format as well as on the Dáil record; details 
of any of these machines that have been damaged, repaired or destroyed; 
the total number of machines purchased by the State; the number 
currently in the possession of the State; what plans have been made to 
scrap or recycle these machines; and if he will make a statement on the 

Ruairi Quinn TD, Labour Party
For written reply
Submitted 24th March 2006

Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 12:32:13 +0000
Subject: Re: How Many Machines Are There? (was "PAC looks into costs...")
From: Keith Martin <keith at keith.gs>
To: e-voting-request at lists.stdlib.net

I will draft a Parliamentary Question on this, but I'm guessing that 
the volume of information involved will make them slow to answer unless 
it's readily to hand (which, of course, it should be, but probably 


Quoting e-voting-request at lists.stdlib.net:

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Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 10:01:25 +0000
From: Catherine Ansbro <cansbro at eircom.net>
Subject: Re: [E-voting] PAC looks into costs ... 3rd year running

Good question.  I wonder if some were put out of service.  I wonder who
had/has access to them. . .

6 were the original prototypes, but Joe McCarthy's spreadsheet showed
them as being converted to the updated software (ESI2) so I assumed they
were usable.

At some point maybe we should ask under FOI for an accounting of the
serial number of each machine, its movements and current location.
Would it be possible to get this info?


Pierre Muller wrote:
Catherine Ansbro a écrit :

I assume this is for 7306 voting machines in total, going from Joe
McCarthy's info on total e-voting costs.

A detail: CEV report mentions 6972 machines (apppendix 2C, page 168, 
about the 37500 votes simulated). I could understand that their report
was written before the buying of the last 300 machines, but where are
the missing 28 ?

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