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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-03-09 10:13 PM
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Comeback for Paper and Pencil
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Comeback fr Papier und Bleistift Comeback for paper and pencil


By Annett Meiritz

The use of Abstimmcomputern in Bundestagswahl grundgesetzwidrig was, according to the Constitutional Court - the old machines are just too uncertain. For cities and communities have the verdict pitfalls: you find it increasingly difficult to find helpers election.

Hamburg - Uncomplicated, modern and chic they should be, the election machinery, which with a simple push of a button the usual scribbles on paper separable promised. Already in the Bundestagswahl 2005 voted nearly two million people per computer - the end of the election seemed to slip begun.

Barely three years later, going to be in a super-election year, municipalities and counties have their polling booths well again with paper and pencil equip. The Federal Constitutional Court (Constitutional Court) on Tuesday stopped the triumphant progress of the election machinery in Germany. The previous use, so the verdict of the judges was unconstitutional.

The vote in 2005 - at that time were more than 1800 units in dozens of constituencies in use - contrary to the principle of public choice, it is said in the statement of reasons. The electronic counting of votes from the voters is simply not verifiable. "Each citizen must be the key steps in the election without any special technical knowledge to understand and reliably be able to understand," the court ruled.,1518,610960,00.html&prev=hp&usg=ALkJrhi3Pq1q94YjahZ6-HYcvNbT-5xanw

Also Posted... Smith_3

Germany's supreme court bans the use of voting machines.

Germany's supreme court has ruled that the use of voting machines violates the principle of election transparency and is therefore unconstitutional.

Also posted... DetlefK

Germany's highest court declares election computers unconstitutional (source in german)

The use of election computers at the in 2005 was unconstitutional. This is what the federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe has decided. As a flawed code or purposeful manipulations are hard to recognize, citizens should be able to credibly check, whether their vote was taken unfalsified by the computer. As an example, the court had mentioned paper trails in the oral phase of the court hearing.
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