November 12

A judge in Holland has declared use of electronic voting machines illegal. According to the ruling, machines used in Dutch elections in November and March did not have adequate authorization and some were not certified. The most concerning factor for the Dutch government, which last week decided stop using evoting machines, appeared to be the absence of a verifiable paper audit trail. Thousands of e-voting machines are sitting idle in various storage areas; the Dutch government spent 60 million Euros (US $84.8 million) to purchase the machines, and storage is costing 700,000 Euros (US $989,000) annually.