[E-voting] E-voting machines to be used in 2009 despite warnings

Fergal Daly fergal at esatclear.ie
Tue Oct 17 20:24:20 IST 2006


Interesting quote

> The Government had estimated that electronic voting and counting would
> make nationwide staff reductions of 1,200.

This sounds like something that we could probe. Either a PQ for the
details of this estimate or an FOI request,

F

On 17/10/06, Colm MacCarthaigh <colm at stdlib.net> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 09:09:29AM +0100, A.J.Delaney at brighton.ac.uk wrote:
> > Dear all,
> > E-voting machines to be used in 2009 despite warnings
> >
> > http://www.examiner.ie/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=ireland-qqqm=ireland-qqqa=ireland-qqqid=15869-qqqx=1.asp
>
> O.k., this just defies belief;
>
> I'm left wondering if our best tactic at this point might be plain and
> simple mockery. "ICTE LEFT WONDERING WHAT PLANET GOVERNMENT IS ON"
>
> http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=198664870&p=y98665576
>
> Ahern makes case for e-voting
> 17/10/2006 - 19:10:21
>
> Ireland will become the laughing stock of Europe if it doesnt introduce
> e-voting soon, the Taoiseach said tonight.
>
> Bertie Ahern told Opposition TDs in the Dail that a recent report on
> electronic voting found that it would only cost 500,000 to upgrade its
> software.
>
> He rejected criticism over the troubled 52m e-voting system which still
> incurs annual 700,000 costs to store 7,000 machines around the country.
>
> Our silly old system is outdated, Mr Ahern said.
>
> We have to correct the software which will cost 500,000 and then try to
> move forward. Otherwise we will go into the 21st Century being the
> laughing stock with our stupid ol pencils.
>
> Labour leader Pat Rabittee referred to weekend comments by Environment
> Minister Dick Roche that he intended to store the machines in
> centralised Defence Forces facilities and that he expected to use the
> technology in elections after 2007
>
> Mr Roche said on TV3 on Sunday that the machines will be used in
> elections and referenda after 2007.
>
> He added: Im not going to scrap them, weve actually paid good Irish
> taxpayers money for them and I dont think theres any point of throwing
> them on the scrap heap when you can store them and correct them.
>
> Mr Roche also said that 60% of the machines will be stored centrally in
> warehouses provided by the Defence Forces.
>
> Mr Rabbitte added: I would have thought that there would be no
> difficulty at all in guarding them because theyre absolutely useless but
> that seems to be the use Mr Roche has in mind for the Army.
>
>
>
>
> Mr Ahern said the second report by the Commission on Electronic Voting
> found that the system can potentially deliver real efficiency in the
> administration of elections.
>
> A Cabinet sub-committee, chaired by Mr Roche will consider the reports
> recommendations while a peer review group drawn from international
> electoral reform bodies and the IT industry will be tasked to supervise
> any software redesign work.
>
> The Government announced the introduction of e-voting in February 2000
> and up to 7,000 machines were purchased for use in the European and
> local elections in June 2004.
>
> However an interim report by the Commission on Electronic Voting in
> March 2004 cast serious doubt on the reliability and security of the
> systems software and the Government suspended the project pending
> further tests.
>
> The Government had estimated that electronic voting and counting would
> make nationwide staff reductions of 1,200.
>
> Last April, the Public Accounts Committee found wide variations in the
> cost of storing the machines around the country. The storage bill for
> Carlow-Kilkenny was 28,000 while it was only 298 in Co Louth.
>
> Insurance cost 8,500 in Tipperary North/South and only 1,061 in
> Waterford.
>
> --
> Colm MacCárthaigh                        Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
>
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