Thursday, July 20, 2006

Critical report on Irish e-voting system released

From EDRI-gram: Critical report on Irish e-voting system released

"On 4 July 2006, the Commission on Electronic Voting released its second report on the secrecy and accuracy of the e-voting system purchased by the Irish Government.

The summary remarks at the beginning of the 200 page report say: "The Commission concludes that it can recommend the voting and counting equipment of the chosen system for use at elections in Ireland, subject to further work it has also recommended, but that it is unable to recommend the election management software for such use."

The "further work" referred to appears from the phrasing of the rest of the introduction to be relatively minor, but a detailed reading of the report reveals the extent of the changes required...

Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE) are pushing for a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis to be carried out before any decision to continue is made. The costs in terms of money and time will be considerable, and they need to be calculated accurately before they can be compared to the supposed benefits. ICTE is an independent group of over one hundred concerned Citizens, IT & Security Practitioners, and Legal Professionals calling for the introduction of a Voter Verified Audit Trail with any E-voting system used in Ireland.

On a more positive note, it is certain that the system will not be used for the next general election in Ireland, which will take place in early 2007. The strength of criticism of this system from opposition parties here means that if there is a change of government through that election this system may finally be scrapped.

Commission on Electronic Voting - Second report on e-voting (07.2006)"

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