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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    JustMe, 16 Apr 2009 @ 6:10am

    Why are we still forced to use e-voting machines?

    One word "kickbacks" IMHO, IANAL, FWIW, etc. Kickbacks to the district in the form of free devices or support; kickbacks to the official in the form of money now or a job later. I suppose some people do still think they are better/faster/stronger than the old systems, but we all know that eventually the bionics are rejected or go wonky somehow and it takes a very special two-part episode of season cliffhanger to sort it out. Sorry for the random 70s TV ref.

    Also, Pudro - please clarify the difference from the point of a voter. If someone votes for candidate A and that vote doesn't get recorded then the vote is lost. Spoilage traditionally refers to ballets which have contradictory votes, such as two votes for a candidate (in a system which doesn't include preferences, ranking, etc.) and indicates some type of user error or ballot design error. By changing the word from 'lost' to 'spoiled' it seems that you seek to imply (no offense meant here) that some spoilage would be acceptable. But that just isn't the case here. Through no apparently fault of their own citizens were unable to have their vote recorded. Bottom line, in a free and democratic (small d) society there should be no votes lost. While no system is perfect it is possible to accomplish this through a voter-verifiable paper trail along with saved copies of the ballets.

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