As I expected, the currently used voting machines have been banned, as they are not compliant with the german constitution. One of the major arguments is that such machines conflict with the principle of transparency – average citizens must be able to verify the result of an election. There are several articles about it:
- Press Release (summary) and
- quite detailed reasons for the judgment of the court
- Spiegel.de, including a video how to exchange an EPROM within seconds
- Spiegel.de again
Frankly, the judgment is not surprising. I’m also glad that voting machines have not been damned per se, so we still have the opportunity to develop secure and transparent e-voting. I’m really curious what mechanisms we will see in the future.
If you are curious why all this e-voting stuff is that complicated, here’s the video of an interesting talk about this topic.