Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Bell electronic voting counting in Quebec
I couldn't find a Bell link at the time, but I finally ran across one. Quite a splash they have across their page. Starts with a teaser
that leads to a full page of info. I particularly liked their list of e-voting benefits
Electronic compilation of results
The electronic compilation devices used by Bell Business Solutions ensure efficiency, thoroughness and integrity throughout the voting process, whether for a municipal or school board election, referendum or any other consultation.
* Simple and quick voting process
* Objective counting of ballots (with no human involvement)
* Major reduction of electoral staff
* Fewer duties for electoral staff
* Fast disclosure of results
Let's see, so in summary: it's fast and there are fewer people. Ah. Efficiency! How we worship you! Our voting must now be PRODUCTIVE! Maybe we should eliminate humans from the voting process altogether, and let the machines objectively decide our fate.
Objective with no human involvement?
Um, so the machines programmed themselves did they?
What you mean is, some computer code written by humans you don't know, in the United States, not reviewed by any humans in Canada, will decide the results of the election according to their programmed whims, with no humans to verify the results.
They used the Accu-Vote ES, which is a mark-sense reader
Accu-Vote ES electronic ballot box
The Accu-Vote ES system uses an optical reader to record votes on a memory card as ballots are being cast. It considerably simplifies the electoral process for everyone involved and guarantees that the final results will remain secret until the polls close.
In Québec, since 1995, more than 120 cities and municipalities have successfully used vote counting devices. More than 4 million ballots have been recorded by voters during these elections.
The Accu-Vote is made by everyone's favorite reliable, trust-worthy electronic voting machine company: Diebold. Here's a look at their Accu-Vote OS scanner.
- are there any Canadian standards these machines were tested against?
- were these machines tested against any US standards?
- does anyone test these machines at all?
- are these machines Bell owns, or do they lease them from the US?
- who guards these machines when they're not in use?
Bell: Elections made simple
Err, simpler than humans marking an X on paper and then humans counting it?
Who said elections were complicated?
How about elections maintained completely trustworthy and accurate?
I leave you to contemplate the shiny map of electronic vote-counting progress