Dusty Keleher 
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Re: “How secure is internet voting?

I received three notices for people who don't live at my address. And I think there should be advance polls other than electronic or by phone for those who may not be able to vote in person on election day. I refuse to vote electronically because I don't trust it. I have worked elctions on the past as DRO, Poll Clerk and Central Poll Supervisor and there is no way more secure, more accurate and more trustworthy than people counting marks on a ballot with observers. It ain't broke so don't fix it.

Dusty Keleher

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Posted by céileachair on 09/27/2012 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Halifax election not at risk, says city clerk

In the aftermath of the attack on the voting process during the recent
NDP convention one question has not been asked that has to be as we go
into this year’s municipal elections. Do we need electronic voting?
I firmly believe that we do not.

We have a system of counting votes that works already and is immune to
cyber attack. It is perfectly transparent, unlike e-voting and can be
easily explained, whereas to understand what is happening with
e-voting, one would need to have access to and an understanding of the
coding system of the company doing the counting and that is protected
by intellectual property laws and not for public knowledge. This
alone should disqualify e-voting as a means of choosing our
governments. The most important thing about an election is that it is transparent.
That it can be understood and scrutinized by the people. Only then can the
results be trusted.

The way the vote is counted now is publicly operated with a cross
section of the public hired to count the votes.Tthe candidates also have the option to appoint representatives to oversee the count and verifying the mark
on a paper ballot.

To make it even clearer, here is the process of counting votes once
the polls close on election day. I have worked as a deputy returning
officer and a poll clerk through many elections and this is how it is
done. At the end of voting, the doors are locked. The Poll Clerk and
DRO, in the presence of reps from the candidates, empty the box and
show each ballot to the reps. Everyone makes a tally. When the
tallying is done, it is added up, everyone knows what is going on, the
results are phoned in. If it is very close, the count is done again
and if a recount is needed, a judge can inspect each and every paper
ballot and then make a final decision. Hundreds of citizens overseeing
and taking part in the electoral process like that is far better than
hiring one private company to count our votes electronically.

Some will say that e-voting is needed because voter turn out is so low
as to affect the legitimacy of elections. To that I say stripping
away transparency is a far greater threat to the legitimacy of
elections. I do not believe that e-voting will make people more
interested in politics.

-Dusty Keleher

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Posted by céileachair on 04/05/2012 at 11:56 PM

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