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EUobserver / Estonian man casts first online vote in EU history

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - An Estonian man has become the first person in EU history to vote online, as internet campaigns make their mark on the 2009 elections. But a throwback in Northern Ireland has seen canvassers threatened with a gun.

Vahur Orrin from Tallinn cast his vote in Brussels one second after the virtual polling station opened at 8.00am local time, with the moment captured on video for the YouTube file-sharing website.

EU history was made in Brussels at 8.00 on Thursday morning

Voting has also begun early in Finland and Sweden, with Nordic and Baltic countries leading the game in terms of helping geographically-scattered voters cast remote ballots. The Lithuanian government has in another first also opted to give official media accreditation to bloggers covering the vote.

In France, centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy has attracted 106,000 "friends" on his personal page on the Facebook social networking site. His nearest rival in terms of online popularity is far-left leader Olivier Besancourt with 17,000 friends.

by Fran on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 12:00:48 PM EST
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Er... Shouldn't it be Olivier Besancenot ? </Fact checking, dead science snark>

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 05:26:12 PM EST
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Ah, excellent, how fitting. Estonia there, home of infamous black-hat internet provider Esthost.

I wonder: when will we see the first elections compromised by trojans installed on home PCs by the Russian-sphere malware gangs?

by bobince ([and](at)doxdesk(dot)[com]) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 07:35:26 AM EST
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Or by Americans. After all, the CIA and related groups have a long history of manipulating foreign politics when it suits them.
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 10:57:17 AM EST
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