Electronic voting in Ireland

Electronic Voting In Ireland

Electronic voting in Ireland

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Electronic voting in Ireland was introduced in 2002 on a trial basis. Plans to extend the evoting project began in 2004 but ran into difficulties and it was eventually abandoned in 2009. The voting machines are now due to be scrapped.


At the 2002 general election, electronic voting machines were used in 3 constituencies (Dublin North, Dublin West and Meath) on a trial basis, with the intention that it would be extended to the whole country for future elections. They were also used in the same constituencies for the 2002 referendum on the Treaty of Nice. A confidential report in 2002 expressed serious concern over the security of the voting machines. According to the report, the integrity of the ballot could not be guaranteed with the equipment and controls used. The Department of the Environment disagreed with many of these findings, saying the machines were secure and that the presence of voting officials prevents tampering. Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said electronic voting should be abandoned, and he claimed, a lack of transparency and the new system could be open to "radical manipulation."

Proposed implementation

Following the 2002 trial of the machines, in 2004 the government undertook plans to introduce a nationwide electronic voting system for the local and European Parliament elections. The proposed change was under the supervision of then Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local......
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