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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-10 06:21 PM
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Scotland ditches computer voting...Goes back to hand counting
Edited on Tue Oct-26-10 06:28 PM by WillYourVoteBCounted
Great news!

Scotland: Electronic voting system scrapped

A controversial system of electronic ballot counting is to be ditched for next year's 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 ballots spoilt.
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has also confirmed that the election next year will also see a return to two separate ballot papers for the constituency seats and regional lists.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5...

Holyrood election ballots to be counted by hand

More than 140,000 ballot papers were spoilt in the 2007 election
Ballot papers for next May's Scottish elections will be counted by hand, in the wake of the 2007 voting fiasco.

The last Holyrood election, which made use of electronic counting, was hit by problems which resulted in more than 140,000 spoilt ballot papers.

There will also be a return to two separate ballot papers for the regional list and constituency contests.

There will be a bigger gap between the close of nominations and polling day, allowing more time for postal voting.

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Electronic counting will continue to be used in council elections, the running of which is devolved to Scotland.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics...

Sorry, edited to add that they will still use computers to tally council elections. I think those use STV a form of ranked voting. BLEH.

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-10 06:23 PM
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1. An informed, intelligent nation. Go Scotland!
Heed them, New York.
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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-10 06:30 PM
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2. Our votes are hand counted here too
Of course this is just a small town, but there are very many small towns like mine that hand count their ballots.

I saw a voting machine ONCE about 10 years ago when I was helping a friend in S.Maine w/her primary... lol!
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-10 07:28 PM
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3. I love that we hand count our votes here too, but it's also one of the reasons why
it's been hard to implement some sort of ranked or approval voting. Election officials are concerned about the increase in workload and potential for errors, I believe.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-10 01:49 AM
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4. this reminds me of nicknameless' post on this matter before they dumped hand-counting
may she rest in peace.

It is good news.
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