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Votergater Donating Member (91 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:45 PM
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54. Yes, sorry folks, Scotland's going electronic in 2007...
A company called DRS Data Services Limited will be optically scanning their ballots next year...

Green light for DRS & ERS to deliver e-Count for 2007 Scottish Elections

Following a successful project to trial and evaluate DRS and ERS electronic counting technology, the Scottish Executive and Scotland Office has confirmed that the technology will be used by local authorities wishing to automate the complex processes for the Scottish Parliament and Local Authority elections, on 3 May 2007. This announcement comes as electronic counting of votes is given the go ahead by Scottish Ministers and the Secretary of State for Scotland....

.... Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, Tom McCabe said "The use of e-Counting will provide quick, accurate and reliable results in the 2007 elections. The Single Transferable Vote count for the local authority elections is a complex process. e-Counting will be able to handle this count effectively and efficiently. It will dramatically reduce the amount of time to complete the count in comparison to a manual count.

The Scottish Executive has been testing the e-Counting system along with the Scotland Office and all 32 Returning Officers in Scotland over the past four months. The successful outcome of the tests has resulted in wide spread support to implement e-counting for the combined elections to be held in May 2007.

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