Finland Certifies Election, Despite 2% Of Votes Lost Due To Computer Issues

from the what's-1%-here-or-there? dept

In the latest sad saga concerning e-voting mishaps, it appears that Finland's courts have agreed to certify a recent election, despite approximately 2% of the votes not being counted (found via Slashdot). Also, there were additional problems as it's been discovered that despite the requirement for an "anonymous election" the voting software stored identifying information, along with how each voter voted. Oops. Once again, we're left wondering why various governments keep trusting such questionable equipment?

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    Overcast, 4 Feb 2009 @ 1:08pm

    ... perhaps because they know something we don't about how they might make use of the equipment and its vagaries for their own ends?

    Naa, that's my suspicion too - really. How can a company that makes ATM's that almost never, ever miscount cash - not be able to count votes properly? At least in a lot of cases, that is true.

    It seems that the system required the voter to insert a smart card to identify the voter, type in their selected candidate number, then press "ok", check the candidate details on the screen, and then press "ok" again. Some voters did not press "ok" for the second time, but instead removed their smart card from the voting terminal prematurely, causing their ballots not to be cast.

    On an ATM for instance - on the last part; it will ask you to confirm too - but it's nice and clear.

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