[E-voting] E-voting/e-counting chaos in scotland (fwd)

Dr J Pelan J.Pelan at gatsby.ucl.ac.uk
Tue May 15 23:49:51 IST 2007

I dropped the CC off this by accident.

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Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 16:15:38 +0100 (BST)
From: Dr J Pelan <johnp at gatsby.ucl.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [E-voting] E-voting/e-counting chaos in scotland

On Tue, 15 May 2007, Louise Ferguson wrote:

> Check the figures on spoiled ballots, undervoting, etc etc., inc. for 
> the different years concerned.  All the data *that was collected* 
> (though they admitted at the time that they had failed to collect other 
> important data) is publicly available on their website, and has been 
> since 2004. Compare with data coming out of Scotland and elsewhere, as 
> well as other elections.

How do you attribute all the problems to the e-counting ? There was an 
issue with the barcodes but the bulk of the issues were not related to 
e-counting per se. In particular, the spoilt ballots were due to voter 

> No, but the quotes from people like Jon Snow (well-known newscaster), 
> there and in other news media (e.g. The Guardian), were genuine.

>From memory, the problems that were cited by Jon Snow were do to with the 
postal votes and the ballot lay-out and not e-counting. 

John P.

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