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Social-Democrats question voting machine

5 January 2006 – It is ‘absurd’ that Minister Atzo Nicolaï seems inclined to approve the NewVote voting machines, says action group ‘We do not trust voting machines’. Amsterdam will discuss next Wednesday whether to use the voting machine in next March’ Provincial Elections, the Elections Office announced today.

The NewVote voting machines were rejected last year because it had become clear that it is possible to monitor voting by measuring radiation. Amsterdam therefore voted with voting pencils last November. In little more than eight weeks, Provincial Council members as well as members of the Senate will be elected, the latter indirectly.

Nicolaï says that the radiation problem has been solved by covering the voting machines in radiation-resistant film. However, ‘We do not trust voting machines’ says that this is only a small part of the problem.

For example, results are transmitted using a wireless modem, which means that it is perhaps possible to manipulate the computers from a distance. “It would be improper and a show of serious negligence to approve voting machines with today's knowledge without looking into the entire security issue”, says ‘We do not trust voting machines’.

The Social-Democrat PvdA will ask questions next Wednesday on how next March’ elections will be organised, said council member Sabina Gazic. She calls the fact that a wireless modem is being used ‘not kosher’. Last year, she and Jeanine van Pinxteren (Green Party) already asked for an investigation of the voting machine.


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