[E-voting] "Prepare for Election Fraud"

Michael McMahon michael at hexmedia.com
Mon Feb 5 12:01:21 GMT 2007

Dr J Pelan wrote:
> I would like to commend an article on voting practices, written in the UK 
> edition of the Sunday Times by Sir Alistair Graham (Chair of the Committee 
> on Standards in Public Life). It naturally echoes many familiar arguments 
> about secure elections, including the dubious nature of the implementation 
> of postal voting in Britain and the upcoming pilots.
> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article1324226.ece
> A couple of quotes;
>  "The electoral system must meet the needs of citizens and any unnecessary
>   barriers that may deter eligible individuals from voting should be 
>   removed. But not at the cost of undermining the integrity of the 
>   electoral process."
>  "My concern is that while there appears to be clear evidence that 
>   electoral fraud is a growing problem, the department, in the interests 
>   of making 'voting more convenient', is pushing ahead with pilot schemes 
>   on forms of voting that are, at present, even less secure than postal 
>   voting."
Another interesting quote:

"nearly one in every seven postal votes in last year’s local elections
in the London borough of Tower Hamlets may have been fraudulent".

Quite astonishing! It's interesting also, that the whole e-voting 
question is still
completely below the radar in the UK.

- Michael

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