08 September 2005

No Electronic Voting

Proposed trials of voting via internet or text message in next year's local council elections have been scrapped by the government. (Via Risks Digest)

Just occasionally the government trips over reality and notices. It's also encouraging that Opposition spokesman Oliver Heald was, firstly, able to dig this out, and secondly, correctly said that "Remote electronic voting is even more vulnerable than all-postal voting." The reference to the vulnerability of large-scale postal voting strongly suggests that he understands the issues.

We're not completely out of the woods - a Department of Constitional Affairs spokesman has said "We are not ruling out piloting e-voting in the future and any future plans will be taken forward at the appropriate time." I hope that's "at the appropriate time" in the Humphrey Appleby sense.

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