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I heard today that some regions are reverting from electronic back to paper balloting (just for this election?). Out of curiosity, do you have any details of the reason for the switch?
by det on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 10:04:23 AM EST
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After a report on the un-safety of voting machines the minister decided to switch back to red pencils for part of the voting machines. It's the same old story we know from the United States - which also kicked off the scrutiny for the Dutch voting machines.
by Nomad on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 10:14:54 AM EST
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Well, at least it is good that an elected official acts on an identified the problem (damn! - my expectations have dropped so low).
by det on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 10:21:55 AM EST
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The key reason was that some of the voting computers (10%) generated a radio signal which could be read from a distance of more than 10 meters. This threatened voting secrecy.

My city Amsterdam and some other small communities will be voting with an old-style red-pencil.

by Indrah on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 10:55:56 AM EST
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So not at all like in the USA, but care about a much less critical problem.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 11:01:22 AM EST
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Well. Many of us do worry that someone might infiltrate the software to steal votes and fix the election. Like many in the US suspect (Diebold etc.).

This is what the group "we-dont-trust-voting-computers" is primarily about. The manufacturers and the government so far have denied that this is a problem.

Personally I agree with the view that voting computers are a bad solution for a non-existent problem.

by Indrah on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 11:17:17 AM EST
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