Re: Report on rejection of electronic voting proposal in Ireland

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 12:02:53 CDT

Report on rejection of electronic voting proposal in IrelandThis is very
interesting, Colm.

The part about "hardware and software" being "the precise versions that have
been tested, approved and certified," is something we'll have to deal with.
There may be a need for a more general description of hardware components,
or some reliance on testing that COTS hardware normally undergoes. It may
not be practical or particularly meaningful to have election equipment
examiners testing every new version of every hardware device.

BTW, are they use ranked preference in Ireland?

Alan D.

*******
3.2 Main Themes The main themes of the submissions received may be
summarised as follows:

. the need for a voter verified paper audit trail, to ensure that the
accuracy of the results can be checked independently of the new system
itself;

. the need to preserve the right to secrecy of a voter casting a blank
ballot;

. the need to ensure that the final versions of the hardware and software
used in the election are the precise versions that have been tested,
approved and certified;

. the need for all software to be open source, to allow the wider community
to check that it can generate accurate results; and

. the need for parallel running of the new system with the old paper one,
once more to ensure the new system is generating accurate results.

----- Original Message -----
From: OGAIRBHITH Colm (TRIADE MIDI)
To: 'voting-project@lists.sonic.net'
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 2:46 AM
Subject: [voting-project] Report on rejection of electronic voting proposal
in Ireland

Hello,
I though this might be of interest. The Irish government had proposed using
a Powervote/Nedap electronic voting solution for the nationwide
local-elections on June 11th this year. Following the publication of the
report below ( the commission involved in the report creation was formed by
the government ) the plans have been scrapped. General conclusions tend to
support an open-source solution.
Best regards / Colm O'Gairbhith
http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/special/2004/evoting/dar1.pdf
==================================================================
= The content of this message, with the exception of any external
= quotations under fair use, are released to the Public Domain
==================================================================
Received on Mon May 31 23:17:04 2004

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Mon May 31 2004 - 23:18:15 CDT