[E-voting] Nedap machines now banned in Germany

Margaret McGaley mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie
Wed Mar 4 15:00:24 GMT 2009


That's brilliant news! I know what you mean about it seeming like a
dream :) I'm looking forward to reading the English translation of the
judgement.

Margaret



On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 8:54 PM, Rop Gonggrijp <rop at gonggri.jp> wrote:
> Today the court ruled that the German "Bundeswahlgeraeteverordnung",
> the law that deals with voting machines, is unconstitutional and void.
> Much more importantly, they gave German citizens the constitutional
> right to see al phases of the voting process (in its entirety) happen
> before their very eyes. They strongly rejected the notion that
> 'delegated trust' can ever be a replacement for trust that comes from
> (the possibility of) direct observation or that observers can be
> required to posess any kind of specialised technical knowledge.
>
> General consensus among independent observers is that it's hard to
> imagine any kind of voting machines or internet voting in Germany in
> the next few decades. More analysis as well as translated source
> material will follow. It's 50 pages in all, and an English translation
> should be available in the next few days. Prepare to cry (at least I
> did). There's something very moving to having the highest court in a
> large country eloquently come to grips with the underlying issues and
> then calmly but decidedly sticking it to government almost exactly
> like it happens that one recurring dream.
>
> Now if only these judges were the United World Federal Constitutional
> Court. And if you ever meet Ulrich and/or Joachim Wiesner: buy them a
> drink.
>
>
> Rop
>
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