The Welsh Government has proposed pilots exploring the use of electronic voting in local elections and by-elections. Alongside providing 16 and 17-year-olds with the ability to vote on devolved matters for the first time in the UK, e-voting is aimed at boosting participation in the political process. … The security of ballot counting systems has never been a problem in the UK, where ballots are counted by hand. However, in countries such as the US and Germany, security researchers have warned that machines used to count votes could be hacked to manipulate the results – although there is no evidence of this having taken place.
… Matthew Rice, the Scotland director of digital rights organisation Open Rights Group, told Sky News: “When computer science experts tell us pen and paper is the best voting system, we should listen.
“Electronic voting risks undermining elections. How is any reasonable person supposed to know what’s going in inside the computers?
“How can we trust that the result the computer says is the correct result? We can’t tip all the ballots out onto the table and run it again.
Full Article: Welsh Assembly announces plans to introduce e-voting.