[E-voting] E-voting machines to be used in UK

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Wed Oct 25 14:48:34 IST 2006

Postal votes are vulnerable to fraud at numerous points.  They demand 
rigourous procedures and meticulous chain of custory documentation.  So 
far the UK has not demonstrated this rigour.  The known problems cannot 
be assumed to be the only instances of irregularities.

Like electronic voting, you release your vote into a system that for all 
practical purposes cannot be observed in an end-to-end manner, and 
vested interests can intervene at many stages of the process.

While ICTE may choose not to have an official opinion on postal voting, 
experience in the UK and USA shows that people are only starting to wake 
up to the realities of the potential problems.  I cannot encourage wider 
use of postal voting for the same fundamental reasons that I cannot 
encourage electronic voting.  It is not possible to observe the 
process.  Without transparency and processes that can be observed by any 
ordinary person, we have no grounds for belief or trust.  Elections 
should use observable procedures that do not require anyone to rely on 


>In any case, in my view it would be a mistake for ICTE 
>to start attacking postal votes,
>which are essential in many cases if people are not to be dis-enfranchized.
>Do you actually want people to be taken in wheelchairs
>(or more likely, not taken)
>to remote halls on wet and windy days?

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