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‘Have voting machine tested’

18 October 2006 – Activist Rop Gonggrijp wants to test the voting machines that are used in Amsterdam. He has the support of coalition party GroenLinks and perhaps the PvdA as well, it was announced tonight at a debate at de Balie. Gonggrijp is concerned that citizens will lose their confidence in democracy because of faulty voting machines.

Recently, Gonggrijp (photo), in collaboration with the TV programme Eén Vandaag, by devious means managed to obtain a few Nedap voting machines and to prove that they can be manipulated quite easily. Also, the secrecy of the ballot is not safe with these machines. Amsterdam uses Sdu voting machines, that have never been tested properly.

Gonggrijp and his organisation ‘We do not trust voting machines’ have asked Mayor Job Cohen to make an Sdu voting machine available for testing. Tonight, council member Jeanine van Pinxteren (green party GroenLinks) announced that she supports the idea. Sabina Gazic (Social-Democrat PvdA) did not commit herself yet: “I am trying to stir up the debate”.

‘We do not trust voting machines’ expects that the Nedap machines will disappear in the foreseeable future, if only because they are obsolete and not being developed anymore. It is feared that Sdu will try to take its place surreptitiously.

The campaign has resulted in Secretary of State Atzo Nicolai setting up a committee that will investigate the problem of the voting machines. In Ireland, the introduction of voting machines seems to be on hold, partly because people were shocked that Dutch activists had managed to hack a Nedap voting machine.

On 22 November, ‘We do not trust voting machines’ will organise a bus trip to Zoeterwoude, where pencils are still used for voting. Amsterdammers who want to join must apply for a voters’ pass allowing them to vote outside of Amsterdam by 8 November at the latest.



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