From our Swindon Correspondent:
From Sky News
A coding error in the app used by the Democratic Party in Iowa has been blamed for significant delays in reporting the results of the state’s caucus.
The benefit of software is in the repetition. First runs of software are frequently troublesome. Someone goofs and a whole load of transactions get rejected. You’re firefighting a problem into the night and then sort it out. The next few times, it gets better and in a short time, the whole thing is fairly stable. Developing software that you’re going to run once every 4 years is a waste of money. You get all the trouble of first runs, without the pay off of repeated running.
The new app was developed so caucus results – the votes of Democratic Party members for their preferred presidential candidate – could be reported more quickly following Monday’s vote.
This is always the argument for electronic voting, but what’s the benefit? I don’t see much benefit to a general election count being any faster than the next morning, but votes for democratic elections seem even less relevant.
And the UK does this all just fine with pencil, paper and an army of people.
Next time you hear of a military or rail project blowing out its budget, or Obamacare software failures, or a bridge to nowhere, remember that the the sort of people who can’t run their own elections with simple, proven technology go on to be the sort of people in charge of your taxes.