It can happen anywhere in the world, regardless of who makes the voting machines. The Register brings us a story of Irish voting machines that can not only be hacked so as to manipulate the result, they can also be hacked so you can play chess on them.

IT professionals in the Netherlands have demonstrated that the type of e-voting machines chosen by the Irish government for election counts can be secretly hacked.

Using documentation obtained from the Irish Department of the Environment, Dutch IT experts from anti e-voting group, “Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet” (We don’t trust voting computers), went on the “Een Vandaag” television programme on Wednesday to reveal that NEDAP e-voting machines could be made to record inaccurate voting preferences and even be reprogrammed to run a chess program.