Add France To The List Of Countries Unhappy With E-Voting Machines

from the it's-not-like-they-didn't-have-any-warning dept

It's not as if there haven't been enough warnings that e-voting machines have some kinks to work out, but apparently every new country that makes use of the machines figures that all the problems have been worked out. Unfortunately, one by one, they're discovering that's not the case. The latest is France. lavi d writes in to let us know that the election held over the weekend in France was the first that made use of e-voting machines, and it's being described as a "catastrophe" -- though mostly by those who didn't win. So far, there haven't been reports of the machines having errors, but apparently many of the machines malfunctioned while the ones that worked weren't at all easy to use. Of course, the nature of the problems isn't clearly explained -- suggesting that it may just an easy scapegoat for politicians or voters unhappy with the results of the election. Still, you would think that with so much attention placed on problems with e-voting machines over the last few years, election officials and e-voting companies would go out of their way to make the process as smooth as possible.
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  1. identicon
    Jack Sparrow, 24 Apr 2007 @ 11:17am

    Amazing!!!

    Hey mates!!!

    Arrrggghhhhh!!

    Again and again this issues come out!!

    Let me point out a little question: Could any one believe a bank be working with paper cards to make all appointments, for each customer and calculators to sum/sub and calc the ballances? Could any one, please try to sell a system like these toa bank owner ??

    For sure if the bank can use computer terminals/PC whatever to retain and compute the whole thing. Why vote machines should be so... Difficult!

    Give me a break, Holleritz did the same in early 1989/1900 for the Census Bureal. Just input-and-counting simple procedure.

    Charles Babbage , Blaise Pascal and others probably are laughing about it.

    Of course, with lots of concerns about security and aditability.
    Gone!

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