Thursday, May 03, 2007

Poor design invalidates 5% of postal votes

It seems that poor design of new postal vote security mechanisms is causing voters to leave out vital information from their ballot, invalidating around 5% of votes in today's elections. This is compounded by faulty software that is wrongly rejecting around 20% of signatures. Unfortunately, the resulting chaos is leading some returning officers to call for basic security mechanisms (like checking the voter's signature) to be scrapped.

If postal votes cannot be properly secured, the government will simply have to return to the previous situation where they were only available to those away from home on polling day.

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