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Posted by G on May 01, 2004 at 18:38:23:
In Reply to: in use in elections in the Republic of Ireland, the UK and Holland 'for many years'? posted by Mike on May 01, 2004 at 09:52:26:
Please tell me what exactly was used here in the last election, the commission says that they cannot test the software because it has not been fully written yet, and what they were allowed to test was faulty. So exactly what was used, and was that election result reliable? Is it OK for a company selling such equipment to use two tests that failed as evidence of their experience and integrity without saying that these tests failed? Anyhow, their use here was billed as a full dress rehearsal with a real audience and live ammunition, and cannot truthfully be claimed to be use of this electronic voting system in Ireland without qualification.
Equipment and software from the same company was also 'tested' in the last local elections in at least one, and I think several, local authority areas in the UK, details of one such test,(in England, possibly in Lancashire, I cant remember details,) including the resulting report that is just as damning as our one, is available on the web, where you will also find several references to the 'fact'that their system 'is used' here.
Of course to Powervote or whoever they are, forty - odd million in sales is no failure,(let's not be so churlish to ask what that amounts to in hospital bed-nights) and the liars whoever they were who had this success will probably be well rewarded from our pockets, and the pockets of the local authority tax payers in the UK.