Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (313)

Finian McGrath

Question:

397 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the changes to the proposed electronic voting system that were not in place during the last election; and if he will make a statement on these matters, particularly regarding legislation. [6803/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Following the experience gained in the 2002 pilot schemes a number of improvements were made. The new features include an increase in the size and legibility of candidate's details; the use of larger preference numbers and brighter displays for better visibility; and the use of a redesigned cast vote button. Voting machine security has also been enhanced with the addition of a number of extra security features. Some improvements to the system software have also been made. The improvements have no legislative implications.