Ireland Does Away with Electronic Voting
They're voting on paper again; smart country.
I wrote about electronic voting machines back in 2004.
Posted on April 29, 2009 at 1:05 PM
@Douglas2: The EU will have an election this year. The EU has around 490 million people compared to 307 million for the US.
But somehow it is possible to hold an election and get the results within a day with paper ballots.
Yes, it is tedious.
No, it is not controversial. The number of controversial paper ballots is very very small. (No, we don't have "hanging chaffs" or whatever they were called.)
No, it is not expensive. You need the same number of people who help you with the election as you would need with electronic voting. But in electronic voting you also need the people who program the software, run the servers, provide service, etc. Those people are much more expensive because they expect to be paid. In contrast the people who help count the votes do it for free. Printing millions of ballot papers is peanuts vs. many months of software development.
And regardless of the costs, I'd rather wait a few hours or days for the results of an election when I know that everybody can vote in secrect, that everybody is allowed to help in counting the votes, and that everybody IS ABLE to do all that!
You can explain voting with paper ballots very easily:
* every voter can vote in secret, exactly once, and anonymously
* everybody is allowed to check if nobody voted twice
* every voter marks a piece of paper with his/her vote
* the votes are collected in a bin
* everybody is allowed to help count the votes and check if others counted them correctly
Now please explain in the same amount of space how electronic voting works and where somebody can check if it really works correctly.
@Devin Baillie: No, open source voting programs don't help. You also have to make sure and be able to check for yourselves that the executable on your voting machine REALLY came from the source code you just inspected. And not only for one machine but for EVERY machine.
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