Re: Re: The Swedish voting scene

From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Tue Nov 02 2004 - 03:26:33 CST

On Thu, 28 Oct 2004, Douglas W. Jones wrote:

> You should check the European Council of Europe voluntary guidelines
> for E-voting. These guidelines are interesting, very different in
> style from the "voluntary standards" we have in the United States,
> but unfortunately, equally flawed. I have written a critique of them,
> and the critique has links to the original:
>
> http://www.cs.uiowa.edu/~jones/voting/coe2004.shtml
>

Thanks, I forwarded your mail to my contact at the Swedish
Election Authority. She was very interested, and said she would
read your document in detail, but a first quick read-through
gave her the impression that you did not read the Explanatory
Memorandum that was supposed to be read together with the
recommendation:

http://www.coe.int/t/e/integrated_projects/democracy/02_Activities/02_e-voting/05_Explanatory_Memorandum/default.asp

I haven't read the memorandum yet myself, but it should explain
some of the contradictions in the recommendation, and it explains
the ideas behind it, and gives examples.

In your critique, you mention whether voters should be allowed
to change their votes. This is actually allowed in Sweden, and
is mentioned in the memorandum as an example of a "localism":

  In the case of Denmark and Sweden, the voting systems provide
  the legal opportunity for voters to submit an advance vote and
  change it later. In Denmark, several advance votes may be
  submitted. In Sweden, only one advance vote may be submitted.
  In both systems only the last vote is inserted into the ballot
  box and thus is the vote cast.

/Jan
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