by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jul 14th 2008 4:03pm
Whenever we point to problems with e-voting systems, there are always some who respond by pointing out (correctly) that there are problems with the old paper ballot system as well, and the e-voting system must be better. Not so far. Jose Luis Campanello writes in to let us know that a study in France found that when compared to traditional paper ballots e-voting systems showed more errors. There were definitely voting discrepancies in both cases, but it was significantly more noticeable with e-voting systems. The study also found that it wasn't just an issue of pollworkers being unfamiliar with the e-voting machines that led to so many problems at e-voting stations. That's because the problems didn't get better as pollworkers became more familiar with the machines -- and there wasn't a correlation between sites where there were more complaints concerning how to use the machines and the discrepancies. Once again, we're left wondering why we've been so quick to rush into e-voting when there's so much evidence that it's neither accurate nor reliable?
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