Warwick and Stratford District Councils aren't piloting internet voting, they're using machines to count ballot papers.
Twelve councils are piloting voting over the internet in the local elections on Thursday, and the government has accepted there may be security problems with the system. The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) says it is aware of security holes, but still reckons it will be secure enough. A briefing note from the DCA …
It's quite scary that the ``e-voting co-ordinator" doesn't know what e-voting is. E-voting or electronic voting does not mean online voting, it most certainly includes online voting but it is not limited to. Thus e-voting is not necessarily ``done at home" as John Kitkat puts it.
I live in Rushmoor, and I've just 'iVoted' :-) Much easier than going down to the polling station, and probably wouldn't have bothered without iVote. The most difficult part was remembering the 10 character username sent back to the council to register for iVote. Don't think it would be easy to 'nick' someones vote as you need the username, DoB and the 10 digit 'Voter ID Number' from the polling card. Thumbs up from me.
..."at least as secure as traditional channels" is not saying much.
Today I walked into a Polling Station without a polling card (having mislaid mine), gave an address and a name and was given ballot papers, which I duly used to vote in the elections.
No checks whatsoever were made of my identity.
In the event, it was my own name and address, but it could just as easily have been somebody else's.
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