I'm currently on tour (!) in Scotland, visiting colleagues at Glasgow, St Andrews and Edinburgh universities.
Yesterday I did a seminar at St Andrews on the Open Rights Group's work observing e-voting and e-counting during the May elections. With impeccable timing, the Electoral Commission's independent Scottish Election Review was published this week, allowing me to update my slides.
ORG e-voting coordinator Jason Kitcat has already written about the review. But reading the full report gives an even more jaw-dropping picture of the fiasco that resulted from grossly inadequate planning, design and testing of ballot papers and e-counting systems in Scotland.
I am appalled that the Ministry of Justice is apparently still considering further e-voting trials in the UK.
UPDATE: Interesting response to the review from Secretary of State Des Browne:
"[T]here will be no necessity for electronic counting in elections, either for this Parliament or for the Scottish Parliament."
UPDATE 2: The Scotsman reports (via Open Rights Group): "CITY council bosses have secured more than £100,000 in compensation from the company behind the electronic count at this year's elections.
"The agreement comes almost six months after the fiasco that saw postal votes failing to arrive on time and election results delayed for hours because of problems with the counting software."