Andrew Allison

Electronic counting

In elections, electronic counting on May 8, 2007 at 3:02 pm

I am all for using new technology. I have more gadgets around my house than I can care to mention, but when it comes to elections can we now please say, counting by hand is better. It’s a system that works; it’s fun to watch when you are at the count and it allows candidates to find out the result within hours, unlike the candidates in Breckland and Warwick who still don’t know their results. Just like the ballot box itself, sometimes the old-fashioned ways work better.

  1. I love gadgets too, but at the end of the day, they have to come up to scratch. There is a big recount in Norfolk at the moment being done by hand, the result still isn’t known.

  2. Absolutely, and the candidates in Breckland have waited long enough to find out their results. I certainly wouldn’t trust a machine to count my votes. With a hand count you can scrutinise the counting thoroughly.

  3. simpler still – a show of hands

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