E-voting proposal shot down

Government fails to secure a majority for its proposal to digitise the election process

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March 21st, 2013 12:55 pm| by admin
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Long live paper and pencil. 

 

The government's controversial proposal to digitise the election process has been defeated in parliament. 

 

Primary opposition party Venstre (V) has refused to support the e-voting bill, leaving the government without the majority needed for the bill to proceed further. 

 

"It's simply not secure enough, and therefore we have no choice but to say no," V spokesperson Michael Aastrup Jensen told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. 

 

Fellow opposition parties Konservative and Dansk Folkeparti, as well as far-left party Enhedslisten, also were against digitising the voting process. 

 

"A majority of parliament is voting against the government's e-voting proposal," EL's Stine Brix wrote on Twitter. "Smart. Far too many disadvantages and too few advantages."

 

The government positioned its digitisation proposal as something that would make the election process more accessible and more precise. Critics, however, argued that there would be security and transparency concerns if voting were to go digital. 

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