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UK confirms e-voting death

There are no plans to introduce e-voting in the UK, or even to conduct further pilots of the technology, a government minister has confirmed. The government has flirted with the technology in past and claimed it could be a way to increase participation in elections. Michael Wills, a Minister of State at the Ministry of …
John Oates, 27 Oct 2008
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Scottish elections scuppered by e-counting meltdown

The Scottish elections have been marred by an electronic counting fiasco. The Electoral Commission has already stepped in and said that it will immediately launch an independent review into how thousands of vote counts for the Scottish Parliament and local elections had been delayed due to "technical difficulties". According …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 May 2007
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Voting the old way in the UK...on paper

Comment There's an old saying that a true patriot, in receipt of a valid parking ticket, rejoices that the system works. And that's how I feel so far. I expected to have to fight uphill to be allowed to record part of the traditional paper ballot UK election/voting process in photos and video, but instead everyone has been helpful and …
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E-voting as secure as an insecure thing

Twelve councils are piloting voting over the internet in the local elections on Thursday, and the government has accepted there may be security problems with the system. The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) says it is aware of security holes, but still reckons it will be secure enough. A briefing note from the DCA …
John Oates, 2 May 2007
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Vote for sale on eBay

We can't imagine this will be up for long, but for anyone who is disenchanted with this thing we call democracy, point your browse over here for a giggle. Vote for sale on eBay Yes, that's right. Someone is selling their vote in the Thatcham West Ward of West Berkshire (local elections this Thursday, 3 May, for those non- …
Lucy Sherriff, 1 May 2007
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Observers forced to 'negotiate' for evote access

Independent observers are being blocked from properly observing the trials of electronic voting at the UK's forthcoming local elections. Jason Kitcat, e-voting coordinator for the Open Rights Group (ORG), says that one of the councils involved in the pilots of electronic and remote voting technologies has refused to allow the …
Lucy Sherriff, 1 May 2007
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ID card will be needed to vote, says UK election watchdog

Unexpected support for ID cards has come from Electoral Commission chairman Sam Younger, who has told the Times that photo ID should be required at polling stations, and that if (or, in the view of the current Government, when) ID cards become compulsory they would "undoubtedly" be applied in elections. "I think there’s a very …
John Lettice, 30 Apr 2007
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Survey: young Brits ready to embrace evoting

As Britain braces for its latest foray into the world of electronic, remote and even internet voting, a survey has found that almost half of us think we'd be more likely to vote if we could do it online. The YouGov poll of almost 2,300 people, carried out on behalf of NTL:Telewest's business unit, found that younger voters were …
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Apr 2007
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French politicians vote non to voting machines

Voting machines are not going down well with the political classes in France. The machines were involved in widespread problems on Sunday's ballot and, according to reports, several of the country's political parties have demanded that the technology be withdrawn. This election was the first Presidential race in which voting …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Apr 2007
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ORG plots e-voting observation

Digital rights activist, the Open Rights Group (ORG), says it will be sending 30 observers to monitor the UK's trial of electronic voting technologies in the May 2007 local elections. The team is meeting with the Electoral Commission this morning, where it says it expects its "observer status" will be accredited. The group is …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Apr 2007
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Electronic voting under legal scrutiny in the US

Voting activists have been given the go ahead to proceed with a legal challenge to the certification of the touch-screen voting machines used in 57 of Pennsylvania's counties. Pennsylvania's Department of State had been opposing the suit, but its objections were dismissed by a Commonwealth Court on Friday last week. The state …
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Apr 2007
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US to consider evoting reform

US Senator Bill Nelson met yesterday with election supervisors to discuss his new election reform bill, the "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act" and look for funding for his plan. Also known as HR 811, the Act is an amendment to the 2002 Help America Vote Act, and proposes that a voter-verified ballot paper should …
Lucy Sherriff, 3 Apr 2007
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New criminal investigation into Ohio elections

A criminal investigation is to be launched into the way the November 2006 elections were run in Cleveland, Ohio, according to reports. The new probe has been sparked by a report compiled by election board public monitor CSU's Candice Hoke. County Prosecutor Bill Mason read the report and said there were several "worrying" …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Mar 2007
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US Gov warned on messed up e-voting systems

As the UK braces for electronic voting trials in the next round of local elections, the US Government Audit Office (GAO) has warned that e-voting systems could undermine the integrity of the whole election process if not properly managed. It also argued for a greater commitment from government to the various bodies charged with …
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Mar 2007
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Volunteers sought to scrutinise UK e-voting trials

A campaign group is seeking volunteers to scrutinse e-voting trials during May's local elections in the UK. The Open Rights Group (ORG) is looking for people prepared to "devote their day to democracy" and become an Electoral Commission accredited election observer for the e-voting pilots on Thursday 3 May. The ORG will provide …
John Leyden, 8 Mar 2007
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Watchdog boss blasts Britain's e-voting plans

The chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life yesterday delivered a stinging attack on attempts to modernise the British voting system. Speaking to the annual seminar of the Association of Electoral Administrators in Brighton, Sir Alistair Graham suggested that electoral fraud has increased sharply as a result of …
Lewis Page, 28 Feb 2007

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