Letter: Why not give the UK electronic voting?

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Sir: Present during the counting of votes, I was worried at what I saw: clumsy fingers on horny hands, hesitantly sorting the papers and (occasionally) putting them into the wrong piles.

I spoke to a party official. I was told that there was no cause for concern as the counting procedure incorporated checks. These checks were not performed at every table.

An electronic system of vote-casting would avoid most errors. The manpower savings must be immense: the number of people needed to print, collect, transport and count the votes could be reduced and much time saved. Electronic voting has, I believe, been used elsewhere satisfactorily. Why not here?

H B GOULD

Guildford, Surrey

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