Why Ireland nixed e-voting

Not a new piece, but as relevant as ever.


Irish gov’t says, ‘No source code, no e-voting’
May 03, 2004 (8:00:00 AM) – 3 years, 5 months ago
By: By Fergus Cassidy

Dublin, Ireland – Ireland has pressed the abort button on electronic voting. In a humiliating climb down, the government has accepted the conclusions of a commission hastily set up to examine the secrecy and accuracy of the system planned for use in next month’s local and European parliamentary elections.

The Commission on Electronic Voting reported that it did not obtain access to the full source code and there is not sufficient time before the June elections to allow a full code review of the final version of the software that would be necessary.

That lack of time is believed to hinge on the inability of the government and the source code vendors to reach an agreement on releasing the code to third parties for testing and review.

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