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EVM Miscounts, VVPATs and the Citizen's Right to a Secret, Verified Ballot -Rajendran Narayanan and Nikhil Dey

g a button on an electronic voting machine (EVM). EVMs are black boxes, so it is impossible for voters to verify whether their votes have been recorded correctly. In India, the addition of the ‘Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail’ (VVPAT), attached to each EVM, offers a verifiable record of every vote cast. They have been made available in all the polling booths as a mechanism to increase voter confidence. VVPAT slips are displayed to the vot

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23 Opposition parties move court on EVMs and VVPAT

50% Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in every Assembly segment or constituency. They further sought to quash an Election Commission guideline that Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) should be conducted “only for VVPAT paper slips of one randomly selected polling station of an Assembly constituency in case of election to State Legislative Assembly and each Assembly segment in case of elec

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For democracy's sake, EVMs must have proper VVPAT-based audit -V Ramani and K Ashok Vardhan Shetty

orded and counted correctly, and that miscounts due to EVM malfunction or fraud are undetectable and unchallengeable. Hence, an additional verifiable physical record of every vote cast in the form of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is required. In 2013, the Supreme Court mandated the use of EVMs with VVPAT units, and ECI has been deploying these in assembly elections from 2017 onwards. But if a VVPAT-based audit is to have any real securit

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Former CEC, Experts Challenge Election Commission's Theory on VVPAT Failure -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

ons the failure of the system in the recent by-polls despite all-weather tests. New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday declared that the reason behind the malfunctioning of a large number of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines during the recently held by-elections to the Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya parliamentary constituencies was due to the “failure of contrast sensor” and “failure of length sensor” and

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EC to tally paper trail slips with EVMs in 5% booths in each assembly seat -Ritika Chopra

t random. This change in the vote counting process will, by the EC’s estimate, delay the announcement of poll results by three hours. The Commission has already decided to link all EVMs with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, scheduled to be held towards the end of this year. VVPAT machines produce a printout of the vote cast using an EVM. The printed ballot slip is deposi

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Letters for 2 years, SOS to PM, Election Commission still awaits EVM papertrail funds -Ritika Chopra

g an EVM, which can be shown to the voter to dispel any doubts IN A letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi four months ago, the Election Commission sought urgent release of funds to procure enough Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines to cover all polling stations ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The EC has sent over 10 reminders to the government on the matter, since June 2014, and the letter to Modi by Chief Election Com

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Election Expenditure per elector up by twenty times in 2009 compared to first General Elections

ical parties started into being; more independents were now participating. Various voter-friendly initiatives like voter awareness campaigns, distribution of voter slip ahead of election date, use of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) for the first time in General Elections 2014, may increase expenditure further but these efforts are focussed at strengthening the very structure and values of democracy. It may be known that the entire expend

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