Archive for January, 2004

‘Red team’ test finds serious flaws in Diebold system

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

From the New York Times:Electronic voting machines made by Diebold Inc. that are widely used in several states have such poor computer security and physical security that an election could be disrupted or even stolen by corrupt insiders or determined outsiders, according to a new report presented today to Maryland ...

The dangers of the Hutton report

Friday, January 30th, 2004

I was uneasy about what I've heard about Hutton's report, even after one admits the serious errors of Andrew Gilligan. Greg Palast hits the nail on the head in his analysis of the situation.

Waterford tries to ‘dispel myths’

Friday, January 30th, 2004

Waterford County Council are making electronic voting machines available for members of the public to 'try out' in advance of the June elections:"By giving the public a chance to use the voting machine in a relaxed atmosphere, we would hope to take the fear out of electronic voting and to ...

Chorus/Princes Holdings in trouble

Friday, January 30th, 2004

The news yesterday - reported in today's Irish Times - that Chorus and Princes Holdings [readers of 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' will note the lack of an apostrophe] have entered examinership is fascinating. When Anthony O'Reilly headed up the takeover bid of eircom, Ireland's incumbent telecoms operator, shortly before I ...

Annan on migration and the EU

Friday, January 30th, 2004

Kofi Annan has severely criticised the EU's immigration policy - while accepting the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament.

EU commission attempts to break/bend law to please USA

Friday, January 30th, 2004

So it turns out that the EU's capitulation to the US on putting biometric data into passports is illegal - the Nice treaty specifically prevents the EU taking action on the issue of standardising passports. So now EU officials are working feverishly to create a loophole in the very clear ...

Stagg on Irish emigration

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

The Irish Labour Party is pushing for recognition of and support for Irish emigrants through a motion in An Dáil. Emmet Stagg's speech (28/1/04) on the motion evokes the era of mass emigration with precision and pathos: I wish to thank the Labour Party Leader, Pat Rabbitte, ...

Paper trails for US?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Democratic Congressman Rush Holt has introduced legislation calling for all electronic voting machines in the United States to have a voter-verified paper audit trail.

Voting news from Mayo

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Two stories from Mayo today: First Michael Ring has launched his court challenge to the ending of the dual mandate. He claims the move is an "illegitimate, undemocratic attempt to re-engineer membership of Dáil Éireann, based on an elitist political theory." More directly on the electronic voting theme, the Mayo News ...

Sinn Féin to raise concerns about electronic voting system at Dept ofEnvironment briefing – Daithí Doolan

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Below is the text of a Press Release issued by Sinn Féin: Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member Daithí Doolan and party General Secretary Robbie Smyth are today attending an information session organised by the Department of Environment and Local Government on the electronic voting system which will be introduced in all constituencies for ...