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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    Antonio G Oliveira, 25 Apr 2007 @ 3:41pm

    Here in Brazil e-voting works just fine

    How innocent you are! Where is the citizenship of the Brazilian population. What does it mean for you to have e-voting, but having no access to a richer technology like the Internet. Remember that your political participation in Brazil is restricted to the act of voting. E-voting in Brazil is a risk to democracy because is alienating you to think in democracy just in terms of voting. Ask the Brazilian authorities for a technology that can increase your participation in the democratic process. E-Voting is a project of the political elite in Brazil, decided behind closed doors, and based on the market-driven approach. Have you already thought that e-voting in Brazil is alienating the people, reinforcing the political parties and the Electoral Court of Justice and reducing citizenship? Please try to give a better contribution to your country for a people that want so much to improve their democratic rights and citizenhsip.

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