Having gone through the "fiasco" of e-voting in
2007--the sort of mess that the Republicans and Democrats don't seem to mind at all--Scotland will go back to voting the old-fashioned way: hand-counted paper
Although that method too (of course) enables fraud, the possibilities for
election theft are infinitely greater with computerized systems, as we've seen in
this faltering democracy time after time.
Funny how the Tea-Baggers (or most of them), for all their
of "the government,"don't seem to mind "the government" deploying
electronic means to count their votes.
And it is just as funny (although it's really not the least bit
funny) that the Democrats aren't out there vowing to contest the outcomes of tomorrow's
races, should there be any evidence of vote suppression or election fraud (as there
will surely be, as there has been a lot of just such evidence already, all of
the Dems continue to refuse to see).
Meanwhile, in such vigorous democracies as Scotland and
they've taken steps to make elections sound. (Germany's highest court ruled
e-voting unconstituional, as it violates a basic human right.*)
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system of electronic ballot counting is to be ditched for next
Holyrood election, it has been confirmed.
Votes will instead be counted by hand following the chaos which
followed the 2007 Holyrood election which saw more than 140,000
Michael Moore has also confirmed that the election next year
see a return to two separate ballot papers for the constituency
and regional lists.
ballots to be counted by hand
ballot papers were spoilt in the 2007 election
next May's Scottish elections will be counted by hand, in the
the 2007 voting fiasco.
The last Holyrood
election, which made use of electronic counting, was hit by
which resulted in more than 140,000 spoilt ballot papers.
There will also be
return to two separate ballot papers for the regional list and
There will be a
bigger gap between the close of nominations and polling day,
more time for postal voting.
The problems which
besieged counting in 2007 also resulted in the suspension of a
of counts across Scotland, and an independent review later
voters were "treated as an afterthought" in the planning and
organisation of the polls.
Michael Moore, who is in charge of Holyrood elections, said:
"There is no doubt public confidence needs to be repaired after
the problems that were experienced in 2007."
include a move to display registered party names first on the
ballot paper, followed by the party description and an option to
the preface "Scottish".
In 2007, the SNP
used the phrase "Alex Salmond for first minister" on
regional ballot papers.
An order has now been laid before the UK Parliament to make the
will continue to be used in council elections, the running of
devolved to Scotland.