Cabinet is considering electoral experiment with electronic voting




The government wants the reclassification elections next year performing an experiment with electronic voting. In addition, the ballots will be counted manually. That said Minister Ronald Plasterk during a consultation on electronic voting.

The meeting with Plasterk took place in April, but only this week released the report of the consultations. This comparison reveals that the minister wants to see the experiment “real” voices are used. That would be contrary to the Elections Act, but Plasterk wants to create a legal basis at the local level by means of a temporary Experiments. With this law, the Minister in January announced , municipalities may have conflicting laws temporarily “turn off”.

The idea for a reintroduction of electronic voting is not new. The government on that fact long been considering for months and examines the feasibility of a reintroduction. According politicians can operate electronic voting barriers. The size of the text can be changed for example as impaired. In addition, the results might come more quickly and accurately established.

Incidentally, the voting process proceeds according to the current plans do not fully digital. Plasterk will namely that the paper should be leading, he stressed during the consultations on the advice of engineers and lawyers. According to the Minister, the voting process must be split in two. “A computer interface from which a voice is printed. That’s your real voice, you can check further to see if it’s true. Then it then be printed so that it can be read electronically.”

The new ballot would have resulted in a gain of time. The forms are the logos of the parties, namely clearly shown. At the bottom is then, if desired, to permit the preferred voice. Plasterk: “If you do not, then one assumes that voted for the leader who notes are counting faster than the standard notes..” It is estimated that 750 ballots no example 190 minutes cost more, but 89 minutes.

Plasterk says that the experiment could be successful and using voting machines and paper are final passage, Netherlands 150 and 250 million lost for electronic voting. This amount corresponds approximately to what the entire AIVD costs and required the minister to meet the highest safety requirements. It involves a large estimate, because the exact costs can not yet be determined.

Incidentally, has the Minister appointed a group of experts who will investigate how safe the entire process. Plasterk wants the experts taking especially into account the operation of the counter, and will develop specifications. Experts see Plasterk, among others, Ronald Prince of security company Fox-IT. Other experts Daan van Eijk, Aat the Younger, Marcus Kuhn, Joost Visser, Melanie Volkamer and Marc Witteman. They spend by the end of this year report.

Recently reported that the Electoral Council also test comes with Internet voting, aimed at voters abroad. The difference with the experiment Plasterk appointed during the consultations is that this is a simulated election with ‘fake’ votes. If the tests are successful, then follow later perhaps a definitive change in the voting process.

Electronic voting is a sensitive issue in the Netherlands, because the group in 2007, the voting computer managed to invalidating. The safety and reliability of the machines could it be determined insufficient. Last year ruled the government mean that Internet voting for Dutch people abroad would not be introduced, “because of the risks and costs at stake.


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