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[liberationtech] Free and Fair Elections in Egypt

Steve Weis steveweis at
Sun Feb 13 12:05:17 PST 2011

Egypt used hand-counted paper ballots in 2010 [1]. That didn't prevent voter
intimidation or ballot stuffing, like what's apparently shown in this

The specific mechanism of how the votes are cast is largely irrelevant
without vote enfranchisement, safe voting locations, media freedoms,
electoral oversight, and the ability to audit the results. Focusing on
whether someone votes with a pen and paper, or a touchscreen is missing the
bigger picture.

[1] - "Furor Grows Over Egypt's Election Results",

On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM, Sheila Parks
<sheilaruthparks at>wrote:

> My blood runs cold every time I hear that, wondering if, no WHEN the US
> privatized, riggable electronic voting machine industry will try to sell
> their poisons to Egypt.
> The youth and geeks who organized and those millions of leaders who took
> part in Revolution know better than that, I tell myself
> I would really appreciate comments from you who are involved in democracy
> and technology.
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