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August 6, 2007
British Report on E-Voting
In even more voting news, the UK Electoral Commission released a report on the 2007 e-voting and e-counting pilots. The results are none too good:
The Commission’s criticism of e-counting and e-voting was scathing; concerning the latter saying that the "security risk involved was significant and unacceptable." They recommend against further trials until the problems identified are resolved. Quality assurance and planning were found to be inadequate, predominantly stemming from insufficient timescales. In the case of the six e-counting trials, three were abandoned, two were delayed, leaving only one that could be classed as a success. Poor transparency and value for money are also cited as problems. More worryingly, the Commission identify a failure to learn from the lessons of previous pilot programmes.
Posted on August 6, 2007 at 10:21 AM
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Failure to learn from experience, refusal to listen - yes. But there is also an element of corruption involved. Senior civil servants and some politicians look forward to lavishly-paid jobs at the big consultancy companies that benefit from all the wasteful expenditure. This has happened a number of times. The ongoing value they then provide to the consultancies is, of course, their contacts to more bureaucrats and pols who can be corrupted in the same way.
Politicians are not, in general, stupid. Merely power-hungry, grasping, and amoral.
You missed one bit, most of the technology organisations that want the Governments businness appear to be very very fond of supporting Party Political meetings by paying well over the odds for "Discussion groups", and other things like stands and side rooms etc.
It is noticable that this sort of "party political" sponsorship does not have to be declaired in the same way that other sponsorship has to be (register of interests etc etc).
So with expenditure likley to be well in excess of 20,000,000,000GBP over the first few years there is likley to be one heck of a lot of profitable slack in the system, you just have to get your nose recognised and a place reserved at the trough...
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