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The Scottish elections have been marred by an electronic counting fiasco. The Electoral Commission has already stepped in and said that it will immediately launch an independent review into how thousands of vote counts for the Scottish Parliament and local elections had been delayed due to "technical difficulties". According …

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A less-technical explanation

'Sonya Anderson told the BBC: "As we scan the ballot papers we are capturing the votes and recording the fact we are capturing those votes. Once we have recorded all those votes we need to use a calculation to pull those results together and produce the results the returning officer is going to declare from.'

This process is called, (and you may want to take notes here):

vote counting.

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they ought to get it right on phone ins first

Given they can't figure out a fair system of evoting when all that's at stake is which nonentity gets kicked out of the big brother house, they certainly aren't ready to try out evoting for real elections.

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JP

Someone mentioned on another board...

A great system for e-voting would be to use lottery tickets and machines. The system is networked, secured, and most people know how to fill out a ticekt. There are thousands of machines available, at every corner shop and petrol station. The vote is recorded and a receipt is generated, so the voter can check everything is right.

As was also mentioned, it may be advisable to turn off the "quick pick" ability of the machine...

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It's not run by....

...Accenture, is it? Or any of the other big firms that seem to f*ck up any sort of Government contract. I wonder sometimes how these companies manage to stay in business...

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Makes one wonder what sort of intellect decided it was acceptable to insist one doesn't hide one's vote by folding the ballot paper. Or thought a system that couldn't cope with folds was a "starter" in the first place? Do these people live in the real world with the rest of us?

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At least they have the original votes on paper,

so it can be counted by hand. An error in an all electronic system would mean lost votes or wrong results. (as in the usa)

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one pound one vote

"A great system for e-voting would be to use lottery tickets and machines. The system is networked, secured, and most people know how to fill out a ticekt. There are thousands of machines available, at every corner shop and petrol station. The vote is recorded and a receipt is generated, so the voter can check everything is right"

This one give a new meaning to the idea of vote early and often.

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