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Ireland scuttles electronic voting machines

Ireland scuttles electronic voting machines

For sale: 7,500 electronic voting machines. Never used. Will need retrofit for security. Cost: $67 million, but all offers considered. Contact Irish government.

Bought in the midst of the booming Celtic Tiger economy, these Dutch-built Nedap Powervote system machines were technologically chíc. Piloted in three constituencies during the 2002 general election, they were expected to eliminate lengthy manual counts and parse votes from Ireland’s complicated proportional representation system to give instant results.

And if Ireland didn’t embrace e-voting, warned then Taoiseach [Prime Minister] Bertie Ahern in 2006, the country would be a laughing stock “with our stupid oul pencils,” he said, using an Irish colloquialism for “old.”


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