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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
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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.

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.

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

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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