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E-liminate E-Voting

Posted on: February 11th, 2004

I regret the introduction of electronic voting. I take on board the argument that it will be overseen by public servants and therefore be as impartial as anything else they oversee.

However, I believe that the old system had something special. My regret has nothing to do with technophobia. The count went on for so long and was exciting – an adventure in itself. People participated! It was an adventure. We had something special – a PR system that went on and on.

There is a real danger that, when we introduce electronic voting, we will have lower rather than higher polls. There is a serious danger, at a time when participation in politics and voting patterns are falling, that this will further undermine the democratic process, because fewer people will participate. The timing is wrong, and it is unfortunate and unnecessary.