[E-voting] FF councillor says "scrap e-voting machines"
aengusl at eircom.net
Mon Oct 23 11:58:17 IST 2006
The Sunday Times reports a Fianna Fail councillor who has broken ranks with
the party to denounce the EUR52 million e-voting system. Damien Blake, the
outgoing mayor of Letterkenny, said the EUR52 million spent on the e-voting
system should be written off as a "sunk cost".
The kicker is that he says that "Derry-based firm Opt2Vote has developed an
electronic system that counts hand-marked ballots by scanning them using
pattern-recognition software. In contrast to the current Nedap system there
is a clear paper trail for a recount".
The article closes with a response from Joe McCarthy:
Joe McCarthy, a technology consultant and a critic of the government's
electronic voting system, said he would not support the Opt2Vote system.
"It may be faster at counting but you are still putting your trust in a
computer," he said. "There is too much risk letting mechanical things
do something which is better done by humans."
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