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New report expresses concerns over eVoting in Britain

17 July, 2007
By Allison Orr

In a new report, the Open Rights Group (ORG) has expressed concerns over eVoting and eCounting technologies for the recent elections in England and Scotland, due primarily to the lack of audit trails. 

The report describes eVoting as a "black box system" where the mechanisms for recording and tabulating the vote are hidden from the voter.  This makes public scrutiny impossible and "leaves statutory elections open to error and fraud.'  According to ORG the technologies deployed did not perform to the standards expected by Returning Officers, mainly due to inadequate attention being given to system design. 

The report also criticises the role of vendors in the process, who did not meet progress assurances on election day and were unwilling to communicate with observers.  More significantly, the observers noted a transfer of power, but not responsibility, to the vendors.

The ORG report concludes that it cannot express confidence in the results of the areas it observed, and remains opposed to the introduction of eVoting and eCounting technologies.

Further Information:
The Open Rights Group is an independent, non-profit advocacy group that campaigns for digital rights in Britain.  Their advocacy covers civil, consumer and human rights that are affected by technology.
Download the Report: May 2007 Election Report
See also: ORG eVoting page

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