Thursday, August 02, 2007

Electoral Commission: stop e-voting trials

The Electoral Commission has published its evaluations of the May elections, including e-voting and e-counting trials. Its recommendations are:

  • No more pilots of electronic voting without a system of individual voter registration. There also needs to be further consideration of its wider implications and significant improvements to testing and implementation.

  • No further pilots of electronic counting, and more robust procurement and testing processes when electronic counting is used in future elections.

  • That the government makes a decision whether to allow voting in advance of polling day further pilots are unnecessary

  • That the government publishes a strategy for modernising the electoral process including changes to improve security

  • That the value of signing for ballot papers is limited in the absence of individual registration

Media coverage in the Guardian and BBC News.

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