[E-voting] FF councillor says "scrap e-voting machines"

Casey, Dermot (GE Money) Dermot.Casey at ge.com
Mon Oct 23 14:44:23 IST 2006

Similar call (or rather prediction that the machines would be 
Scrapped) made by Noel Whelan in the Irish Times on Saturday.

Whelan is a former Fianna Fail candidate and Barrister and 
regular IT columnist


>>-----Original Message-----
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>>[mailto:e-voting-bounces at lists.stdlib.net] On Behalf Of Aengus Lawlor
>>Sent: 23 October 2006 11:58
>>To: Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting
>>Subject: [E-voting] FF councillor says "scrap e-voting machines"
>>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 
>>  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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