Write-up on Indian EVMs

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 12:55:04 CDT

Slashdot posted today a link to this article contrasting India's EVMs
with Diebold machines.


I find this to be a well written article, especially for non-Indians
who want to understand India's country-wide voting stations. The other
likes India's EVMs, with some justification, I think, despite the
absence of paper ballot.

However, it will be clear to OVC members that India's EVMs are not
really applicable to a US context. While the idea promoted of "make it
as simple as possible" is a good one (violated by Diebold in many
ways), the author seems to forget the "but no simpler" corollary.

In fairness, in an Indian context, the idea of having elections with
dozens of different races, each with a dozen candidates, plus a bunch
of initiatives, might seem strange. The requirements for casting one
vote for one MP are rather simple, and India's EVMs add no extra
complexity to that.
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