[E-voting] Location of Machines

Keith Martin keith at keith.gs
Fri Mar 31 10:56:55 IST 2006


Good question.  Per my private email to you, it's probably no harm if  
we both submit a similar question - the journalists tend to spot the  
questions taken together faster!

KEITH

Quoting Ryan Meade <ryan at meade.net>:

> A good follow-up question would be:
>
>  "To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to
> detail how the security and integrity of the electoral process would be
> compromised if the following information were made available to the house:
> - (insert info here) ; to specify any advice received in this regard; and if
> he will make a statement on the matter"
>
> I can put it down if you like but it might make more sense as a follow-up
> from Ruairi.
>
> Ryan
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: e-voting-bounces at lists.stdlib.net
>> [mailto:e-voting-bounces at lists.stdlib.net]On Behalf Of Keith Martin
>> Sent: 31 March 2006 10:07
>> To: e-voting at lists.stdlib.net
>> Subject: [E-voting] Location of Machines
>>
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I've just received the answer to the question I had put down on the
>> voting machines (see below - sorry about the crappy layout of the
>> table, but hopefully it's readable in some way).  Apologies for the
>> delay, but I was in  Brussels yesterday when the answer came in.
>>
>> As you can see, the Minister has refused to give any of the information
>> on the basis that "In the interests of the security and integrity of
>> the electoral process, it is not appropriate to make available the
>> further detailed information referred to in the Question."
>>
>> As we have said many times, security through obscurity just doesn't work.
>>
>> The Minister is refusing to answer the following points:
>> -the serial numbers of the machines
>> -the past movements of the machines
>> -details of any machines damaged, repaired or destroyed at any time
>> -any difference between the number purchased in total and the number
>> currently in ownership
>> -details of his plans to recycle the machines (possibly these plans
>> don't exist, but note that he doesn't *deny* that they exist, which
>> would be par for the course if they didn't)
>>
>>
>> Might I humbly suggest a press release from ICTE along the lines of
>> "Minister?s Refusal to Answer Basic Questions Makes Mockery of
>> Electoral Transparency"?  Mentioning things like the fact that he won't
>> tell us if any of the machines ever needed a battery changed or a part
>> replaced for "security" reasons, etc, would be good stuff.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> KEITH
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Question No.	262 of 30th March 2006
>>
>> Chun an Aire Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais Áitiúil:
>> To the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government:
>>
>>
>> To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
>> the serial number of each of the electronic voting machines owned by
>> the State; the location of each of these machines; the past movements
>> of each machine; if this information will be made available to Deputies
>> in electronic format as well as on Dáil Éireann record; the details of
>> these machines which have been damaged, repaired or destroyed; the
>> number of machines purchased by the State; the number currently in the
>> possession of the State; his plans to scrap or recycle these machines;
>> and if he will make a statement on the matter.
>> - Ruairi Quinn TD, Labour Party, Dublin South East.
>>
>>
>> For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 30th March, 2006.
>>
>> Ref No:   12612/06
>>
>>
>> REPLY
>>
>> Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche):
>>
>> A programme of further assessment, testing and validation of the
>> electronic voting and counting system is underway to address issues
>> raised by the Commission on Electronic Voting and demonstrate that the
>> system operates reliably, securely and accurately. The timing of the
>> further use of the system is dependent on the progress made with this
>> work and the ongoing work of the Commission on Electronic Voting, the
>> associated decisions arising in this regard, and the dates at which
>> future polls may be held.
>>
>> A total of 7504 voting machines have been purchased and information in
>> relation to the location of the machines is set out in the following
>> table. In the interests of the security and integrity of the electoral
>> process, it is not appropriate to make available the further detailed
>> information referred to in the Question.
>>
>> Constituency
>> 	No. of Voting Machines
>> 		Location of Storage Premises
>> Carlow	115
>> 	135	Mortarstown
>> Kilkenny
>> Cavan	148
>> 	140	Monaghan Town
>> Monaghan
>> Clare	200	Ennis
>> Cork County	425	Togher
>> Cork City	505	Ballygarvan
>> Donegal	295	Letterkenny
>> Dublin City	777	Ballycoolin
>> Dublin County	768	Finglas
>> Galway	310	Galway City
>> Kerry	310	Tralee
>> Kildare	275	Clane
>> Laois	100
>> 	120	Portlaoise
>> Offaly
>> Limerick	335	Limerick City
>> Longford	90
>> 	142	Longford Town
>> 		Roscommon Town
>> Roscommon
>> Louth	180	Dundalk
>> Mayo	370	Castlebar
>> Meath	265	Navan
>> Sligo	130
>> 	100	Sligo Town
>> 		Carrick on Shannon
>> Leitrim
>> Tipperary North and South	408	Clonmel
>> Waterford	195	Waterford City
>> Westmeath	175	Mullingar
>> Wexford	240	Drinagh
>> Wicklow 	245	Kilcoole
>>
>> DoEHLG	6	Custom House, Dublin
>>
>> Total	7,504
>>
>>
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