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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  1. identicon
    Bhaktha, 15 Apr 2009 @ 7:09pm

    e-voting in India ...

    The general elections (world's biggest) are on in India. The first phase is tomorrow by the way (the electorate is so large that the elections are done in phases so that they can be run in a decent fashion).

    E-voting has become "standard" in India for a while. The machines used are dead simple, with big buttons next to the candidate name. After the polling is over they are taken to a counting station and the votes read off the machine. Very quick and reliable. There are a few other anti-fraud mechanisms to deal with hooliganism in the polling.

    Just wondering if the problems reported in US and now in finland are because leading edge technology is used (touch UI, networked machines et al). Maybe there is something to be learnt here from the e-voting experience in India ?

    Cheers.

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