On Second Thought, Finnish Gov't Rejects Defective E-Voting Results

from the some-good-news dept

Back in February, we found it disturbing that Finland was allowing the results of an election to stand, despite the fact that at least 2% of the votes had gone missing due to e-voting glitches. However, it looks like some sense of sanity has been restored as a higher court has now rejected the election results and ordered a new election. One hopes that the new election won't involve similarly screwed up e-voting machines. Speaking of which... in a separate article, we find yet another story of e-voting machines that were "mis-calibrated" in such a way that made it difficult to impossible for people to vote for candidates of their choice. At some point, given all of these problems with e-voting machines, you have to ask why elections officials still rely on them.
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    Andy, 16 Apr 2009 @ 12:48am

    I agree with Leena...up to a point

    I also live in Finland and agree with Leena's comments about the decision and background to the fiasco here.

    However, my simple and overriding concern about e-voting of any kind is that you MUST have transparency. It must be clearly visible that what the voter selects is what is registered with no risk of programming being corrupted or subverted so that a vote for candidate X becomes registered to candidate Y or goes missing completely. Sadly, technology has greater ability to obfuscate the audit trail than a simple count of paper slips (which are themselves of course open to some risk of deception), so before any electronic system is used it must be demonstrably "honest".

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