Subject: Adieu voting computers! (in NL)
Strange that nobody has relayed the news yet. Or maybe everyone knows it
But the state secretary for the Interior, Herman Bijleveld, has let it be
known that voting computers in their current form (i.e. from the firm
Nedap) are out, and that the next polls (for the european parliament in
2009) will ‘by all probabilities’ be conducted with paper and pencil all
over the Netherlands. He spoke so when being formally handed over the
report of the Korthals Altes review commission on the Dutch election
process. The commission declared the current way of voting bwo computers
unsatisfactory and advised a far-reaching overhaul of the system. The
commission is pleading for the deployement of ‘computer assisted voting’,
where the voter obtains a print-out of her/his choice, to be counted by
another telling machine. Development of such devices, however, is still a
few years of. The commission also advised against the
introduction of Internet voting, save for out-of-country voters.
This a major, near total, victory for the group “we don’t trust voting
computers”, wying for the title of ‘most succesful action group in the
Cheers, patrizio & Diiiinooos!
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