Thursday, May 20, 2004

Electronic Voting: India v/s the US

Here is an excellent article that compares the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the recently concluded parliamentary elections in India with the Diebold AccuVote System used in the US. KISS (keep it simple , stupid) certainly seems the way to go ... not to mention a tremendous saving in costs! india cannot afford to use electronic machines which cost 3300$ to make per piece ... it had to be simple (for illiterate voters) and cheap (for very large scale deployment) - both of which seem to have been achieved - one thing we didnt hear at all during this election (which i thought was awesome) was talk to the effect that the EVMs screwed the NDA - i seemed to be the only one who proposed such a conspiracy theory!

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