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Ireland rejects e-voting, goes back to paper

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File this in the "exporting democracy" category, or not: a recent report from Europe serves as a reminder that serious problems with e-voting aren’t just an American malady, although it’s much easier to move back to paper ballots if your country is fairly small. Just ask the Irish, who have announced their decision to scrap their e-voting system and return to paper. Ireland has already put about $67 million into building out its e-voting infrastructure, but the country has apparently decided that it would be even more expensive to keep going with the system than it would be to just scrap it altogether.

In a statement, Ireland’s Environment Minister John Gormley blamed the decision partly on the economic crisis, which has had an impact of nearly Icelandic proportions on the country’s real estate market and banking system.

"It is clear from consideration of the Report of the Commission on Electronic Voting that significant additional costs would arise to advance electronic voting in Ireland. This decision has been taken to avoid such costs, especially at a time of more challenging economic conditions. The financial and other resources that would be involved in modifying the machines in advance of implementation could not be justified in present circumstances", Minister Gormley said…

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Written by Leisureguy

29 April 2009 at 1:23 pm

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