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Voting with machine costs million euros more

31 July 2006 – Voting with a voting machine costs a million euro more than voting with paper and pencil, say the activists of the ‘We do not trust voting machines’ campaign. The additional expenditure would amount to three euro per vote.

In 2002, the costs of the municipal and district elections totalled 1.556.432 euro; in 2006 (after the introduction of the voting machine) this amount had risen to 2.674.770 euro, that is, over one million euro more.

This would appear from documents that ‘We do not trust voting machines’ has obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Incidentally, the municipality has by mistake also handed over some confidential documents, including a contract and two tenders.

The Sdu Company, which provides the voting machines to the municipality, has asked ‘We do not trust voting machines’ to remove the documents from its website. The activists have no intention to do so: “we would be lousy activists if we would just take away those documents”.

The campaign has been launched because voting with current voting machines is unverifiable. According to the activists, it would be more transparent to return to voting with paper and pencil. A spokesperson of the municipality recently told News from Amsterdam that such a step is not being considered for the 22 November elections.


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