UK Liberty

Um… told you so?

Posted in voting by ukliberty on May 3, 2007

This Times article beggars belief after all those warnings:

Tens of thousands of voters will be disenfranchised in today’s local elections because anti-fraud measures have caused widespread chaos.

The Times has learnt that about 5 per cent of all postal votes are being discarded because signatures and other personal identifiers on ballot papers do not match postal-vote application forms.

If I understand correctly the votes will eventually be checked manually – a time consuming process. Surely this defeats the point of ‘time-saving’ equipment.

Regardless, my beef is that the Government was advised that the systems weren’t ready yet chose to deploy them anyway.

Why?

Update

Scottish elections chaos.

The BBC:

The Scotland Office said “serious technical failures” had delayed the announcement of some results.

Confusion about how to fill in ballot papers and problems with postal votes have also been blamed for the problems.

The Electoral Commission is an independent body which, although it does not run elections, reports on all major elections.

Separately, the Scotland Office said the failures must be investigated by DRS, the company which operates the electronic counting system.

It said that the Scotland Office shared the public’s concern about the high number of rejected ballot papers.

A statement said: “The independent Electoral Commission will undertake a statutory review into the conduct of this election.

“It is important that they look as a matter of urgency into delays in postal ballots, the high number of spoiled ballot papers, and the performance of the electronic counting machines.”

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