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Posted by Mike on May 04, 2004 at 10:13:19:
In Reply to: Re: in use in elections in the Republic of Ireland, the UK and Holland 'for many years'? posted by G on May 02, 2004 at 23:21:28:
I agree with what youre saying but something as important as an election (and a by-election or local election is just as important as a local one. Especially when governments nowadays tend to have tight majorities) shouldnt be subjected to live testing with unproven and flawed processes
The legiticmacy of the election results in these three constituencies ("Ireland's Florida") and indeed the government that has been formed as a result has to be seriously questioned.
Intrestingly BBC parliament were rerunning their 1979 election night programme over the weekend and there was a discussion RE: the use of computers in elections (they had been using some amazing new fangled computer stuff to generate on-screen graphics showing regional swings in election results) and the possibliity of voting by computer and they predicted that it wouldnt happen before "the year 2000" at the earliest and even then there would be so many concerns expressed about secracy, fraud and reliability that people might decide they prefered "pencils and tin boxes"
Im actually goint to try and get some audio from this uploaded on mp3 because it makes for interesting listening