Because of a risk of eavesdropping the government of the Netherlands has banned electronic voting machines from future elections, and will return to paper voting. "Research indicates that a secure voting machine that is immune to the risks of eavesdropping can't be guaranteed," the Ministry of Internal Affairs said last week. n
'Tis the season for being drowned in political commentary and ads. Along with the surfeit of political commentators and more-than-daily polls (each of which comes up with a different truth) there has been an undercurrent of mistrust when it comes to the voting mechanisms many people use.
Australia's federal election this year will be the first to engage electronic voting that will allow blind or visually impaired people to vote at 29 locations. Special Minister of State, Gary Nairn, said the trial will be a first for electronically assisted voting at the federal level.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, said Thursday that they have uncovered statistical irregularities associated with electronic voting machines in three Florida counties that may have given President George W. Bush 130,000 or more excess votes.