Why is the Scottish Referendum not "Electronic"??

Home Forum Chat Forum Why is the Scottish Referendum not "Electronic"??

Viewing 30 posts - 1 through 30 (of 30 total)
  • Why is the Scottish Referendum not "Electronic"??
  • Premier Icon Cougar
    Subscriber

    No-one trusts the tech, I expect.

    I think I’m going to start closing ‘scotland’ threads on spec, we’ve got about 27 running now.

    torsoinalake
    Member

    I would imagine it would take a British government about 10 years and £25 billion to fail to deliver an electronic voting system.

    Junkyard
    Member

    Cougar wrote:

    No-one trusts the tech, I expect.
    I think I’m going to start closing ‘scotland’ threads on spec, we’ve got about 27 running now.

    at some point you will be in bed and we will still be up 😈

    If it yes you get another 18 months of this …not even I want that

    thegreatape
    Member

    I think legally they have to include the Western Isles in the referendum.

    zigzag69
    Member

    Slippery slope. Before you know it we’d be voting every Saturday night on our smartphones for whatever motions had been tabled in parliament that week. You don’t want to give the people something approaching real democracy do you?

    Premier Icon Cougar
    Subscriber

    at some point you will be in bed and we will still be up

    True, but then I’ll wake up and be grumpy. To paraphrase Dr David Bruce Banner, you wouldn’t like me when I’m decaffeinated.

    Premier Icon somafunk
    Subscriber

    I think I’m going to start closing ‘scotland’ threads on spec, we’ve got about 27 running now.

    That’s Undemocratic……….we have a right to a voice that cannot be silenced by your tyrannical regime…………

    …………………..runs back under rock and hides

    Premier Icon Cougar
    Subscriber

    STW isn’t a democracy. It’s a benevolent dictatorship.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
    Subscriber

    Why not electronic? I’d start with something that is going to be a landslide not something that is going to be close and subject to lots of angry scrutiny.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
    Subscriber

    What kind of electronic system would you propose that wouldn’t become embarrassingly outmoded between one election and the next. If we already had electronic polling in the uk the current referendum would have been conducted in windows 8, if we’s started at the last general election we would be using windows 7 instead, of if it had been one before that then XP, the one before that we’d be doing this one in windows 98.

    If you’d started with windows 98, and wanted to get a full 10 days worth of general election use out of your system you’d have to hope that windows ’45, when its released, has really good legacy support.

    lemonysam
    Member

    The system we have now is incredibly cheap, completely transparent, very hard to influence, very easy to verify in the event of controversy and fairly quick to return. A digital system that did all of those things would be very tough to design.

    Premier Icon oldnpastit
    Subscriber

    Electronic voting has been tried on a number of occasions in various places (e.g. USA, Eire) and flaws are often found. The flaws range from simply mis-counting, to allowing corrupt officials to untraceably change the results.

    An electronic voting system is essentially a black box that cannot be trivially audited, unlike a paper system where it is very easy to see if it is being done properly.

    http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/21.14.html
    http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2012-11/how-i-hacked-electronic-voting-machine

    etc
    etc

    maxtorque
    Member

    We are in 2014, so why are we still relying on people counting small white pieces of paper?? Surely, an electronic system would be cheaper, faster, and more reliable? (even if it did use pieces of paper as a “validator”)

    maxtorque
    Member

    No change to the existing system except one:

    after placing your ballot paper in the box, you press the appropriate button. This gives and instant tally. Later, the paper copies can be counted under much less time pressure to confirm and make official the result.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
    Subscriber

    after placing your ballot paper in the box, you press the appropriate button. This gives and instant tally. Later, the paper copies can be counted under much less time pressure to confirm and make official the result.

    That does rely on you entering the same thing twice, potentially swap it round and press the button (after scanning your national ID card) then it prints your voting paper which you then deposit having checked it.

    What kind of electronic system would you propose that wouldn’t become embarrassingly outmoded between one election and the next. If we already had electronic polling in the uk the current referendum would have been conducted in windows 8, if we’s started at the last general election we would be using windows 7 instead, of if it had been one before that then XP, the one before that we’d be doing this one in windows 98.

    If you’d started with windows 98, and wanted to get a full 10 days worth of general election use out of your system you’d have to hope that windows ’45, when its released, has really good legacy support.
    Have you ever heard of Unix?

    Premier Icon kennyp
    Subscriber

    Maybe it’s because sometimes the old ways are the best.

    Ireland tried it out recently. By the time the next vote came around: the tech was out of date and the commisioning politician involved (allegedly) had retired to sunnier climes.

    The cost per vote per head per election worked out at about £10 IIRC.

    From Wiki:

    As of October 2010, the total cost of the electronic voting project has reached €54.6 million, including €3 million spent on storing the machines over the previous five years.[10]

    KMK Metals Recycling paid €70,267 for 7,500 e-voting machines; 1,232 transport/storage trolleys; 2,142 hand trolleys and 4,787 metal tilt tables.[11]

    Premier Icon bruneep
    Subscriber

    Would it stop this

    cbike
    Member

    Hanging chads.

    And that above is a pile awaiting sorting. As sky have told everyone and anyone with any sense worked out already.

    Premier Icon JoeG
    Subscriber

    We do a lot of that electronic voting crap here in the US as a result of the Bush/Gore punchcard ballot debacle in Florida. 😆 So the gov’t mandated electronic voting machines. 🙄

    They cost a lot of $$$. There have been some issues with them being hacked or not programmed correctly, but overall relatively minor. No doubt, the hardware will become obsolete and unsupportable and need replacement. And some old people have trouble using them ’cause its a computer.

    Where I live, they used mechanical voting machines for maybe 50 or 60 years with no real issues, so the electronic ones really weren’t needed. I don’t see any way that the electronic ones will last that long. The new ones are smaller, so easier to store and move, so that is a plus. And results are available sooner, except for the absentee (mailed) ballots which often take another week or two.

    Edit – this is what we used to use

    Premier Icon leffeboy
    Subscriber

    Last couple of times I’ve voted here in Belgium in local elections its been electronic. Seems to work ok to me

    konabunny
    Member

    Hanging chads.

    not from electronic voting machines.

    mrmonkfinger
    Member

    Before you know it we’d be voting every Saturday night on our smartphones for whatever motions had been tabled in parliament that week.

    Electronic voting seems to work for the staturday night Strictly Ice Dancing Bake-off shows.

    Add on some kind of unique voter-ID code arrangement to ensure only a single vote per person.

    And presto, you too could be voting for who you want to see on the Sunday evening Parliamentary Dance-Off.

    jon1973
    Member

    Would it stop this

    What, Photoshopped images?

    Premier Icon slowoldman
    Subscriber

    They would still have had to send the floppy disk across by boat from Orkney.

    ohnohesback
    Member

    Whoever has supervisory access to the system has the power to change the result.

    Premier Icon bruneep
    Subscriber

    Yes or No can be hard to work it out.

    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=454147981392768&fref=nf

    Nsfw sweary content

    Premier Icon molgrips
    Subscriber

    Aren’t the counters volunteers currently?

    Paying a private company millions to fix a system that isn’t broken would stink of cronyism, and I’m not even binners.

    breatheeasy
    Member

    And you’d still need a manual voting system for those who don’t have access to t’internet, like the only people who seem bothered to vote – the elderly.

Viewing 30 posts - 1 through 30 (of 30 total)

The topic ‘Why is the Scottish Referendum not "Electronic"??’ is closed to new replies.