The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland is apparently pushing ahead with electronic voting for a 2009 election whilst allegedly massively understating the costs of meeting the changes the Independent Commission on Electronic Voting recommended and he promised to implement. The Irish Government has stated that the cost of making the changes would be €500,000 but there’s good evidence that in fact a further €18 million will need to be spent.
Simon McGarr has blogged a superb overview of the situation. Colm MacCárthaigh, one of the Irish campaigners against e-voting, expands on his blog with details (including a bit on the Dutch campaign as he’s based in The Netherlands). Finally Joe McCarthy, another key person in the Irish campaign, has put up Fiasco.ie which publishes the results of his Freedom of Information requests thus-far. Brilliant!