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Ireland: E-voting machines go to scrap after proving unreliable

18 July, 2012
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Deutsch: Irland: Unzuverlässige E-Voting-Geräte werden verscherbelt


The e-voting machines that were bought by the Irish Government in 2002 and which were supposed to be used for all elections are now being sold for almost nothing as scrap.

The e-voting system was given up two years after the machines have failed to prove safe from tampering and had no possibility to have a paper print for a double check of the results.

E-voting in French elections raises problems

4 July, 2012
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Deutsch: Frankreich: Probleme mit dem E-Voting


During the French 2012 parliamentary elections, the citizens that were not in the country had the possibility to vote online.

eVoting: Electronic urn modified by "a simple procedure"

14 March, 2012
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Deutsch: eVoting: Elektronische Wahlurne lässt sich leicht manipulieren


On 11 March 2012, the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland reported that the eVoting trials that had taken place for the weekend's national ballot (in the Swiss semi-direct democratic system, such ballots and votes are held four to six times every year) had been "successful" and that they had "fulfilled the requirements".

Quite appropriately however, the official press release reports not only about what had appeared to work well, but also mentions what went wrong: One citizen unintentionally cast his vote twice when the process of electronic

OSCE findings on Estonian e-voting

1 June, 2011
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Deutsch: OSZE: Untersuchungsergebnisse zum estnischen E-Voting


In its report of 16 May 2011, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) found Estonia's March 6 parliamentary elections, including the Internet voting, as trustworthy, although several elections monitors have pointed out a series of procedural and technical issues.

"The Riigikogu elections were conducted in an environment characterized by respect for fundamental rights and freedoms and a high degree of trust in the impartiality of the election administration.

Finnish e-voting results annulled by the Supreme Administrative Court

22 April, 2009
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Deutsch: Finnische E-Wahl Ergebnisse vom Obersten Verwaltungsgerichtshof annull...

Macedonian: Резултатите од е-гласањето во Финска п...

The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court has ruled on the municipal elections of 2008, in which an e-voting system was piloted.

In its decision, the court sided with the complainants, overturning an earlier decision of Helsinki Administrative Court and the decisions of the municipal central elections committees to confirm the election results.

No e-voting in Germany

11 March, 2009
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Deutsch: Keine E-Wahlen in Deutschland

Macedonian: Нема е-гласање во Германија

The German Federal Constitutional Court decided on 3 March 2009 that electronic voting used for the last 10 years, including for the 2005 general elections, was unconstitutional and therefore not to be used for the next elections in September 2009.

The court ruled that the use of the electronic machines contradicts the public nature of elections and the equipment used in 2005 had some shortcomings.

An error margin of 2% in municipal elections ruled acceptable in Finland

11 February, 2009
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(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar)

Earlier last year, EDRi-member Electronic Frontier Finland (Effi) reported of the Finnish e-voting pilot which took place in three Finnish municipalities on 26 October 2008. 232 votes were lost due to various usability and apparent performance issues. Additionally, there is risk of a breach of the anonymity of the votes, because the electronic ballot box has been archived with information on who voted and how.

No e-voting in Azerbaijan and Macedonia

14 January, 2009
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After the major problems with the e-voting system tested in Western Europe, some Eastern European countries has expressed their reservation in implementing such as system.

The Central Election Commission from Azerbaijan considered that e-voting is not required in the 2009 referendum or in the 2009 local elections and 2010 parliamentary vote.

Even though Azerbaijan is part of the Council of Europe's Electronic Voting Committee that has recommended the introduction of Internet-based voting, the Central Election Commission Secretary, Natiq Mammadov, explained online newspaper Trend News that there is no chance to implement this for the next elections:

"We must have a

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