After a smart hacker (Rop Gonggrijp of wijvertrouwenstemcomputersniet.nl) went on National TV demonstrating the vulnerability of EVM machines in Dutch, Netherlands, many activists groups and Organizations took up the issue. This resulted in the Government calling in a commission which submitted a report that disfavored EVM due to lack of transparency. Even though Dutch went full with EVM’s, based on the commission report, it went back to paper voting.
Rop Gogrrijp founded the organization “Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet” (“We do not trust voting computers”) in 2006 which campaigns against the use of electronic voting systems without a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail and which showed in October 2006 on Dutch television how an electronic voting machine from manufacturer Nedap could easily be hacked..
On May 16, 2008 the Dutch government decided that elections in the Netherlands will be held using paper ballots and red pencil only. A proposal to develop a new generation of voting computers was rejected.
About Rop: Born in 1968, spend most of his life in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the late eighties Rop Gonggrijp was editor and publisher of the hacker-magazine Hack-Tic. In 1993 he, together with others, founded the well-known dutch Internet Service Provider XS4ALL. Right now he co-owns a company that creates secure telephones. Apart from this, he has been an activist in matters where technology and society touch. Most recently he has been active against electronic voting machines. More about Rop from Wiki here.
Ireland also banned EVM’s based on grounds of lack of transparency after Dutch has decided to stop using the EVMs. They went back to paper voting.