Could the Electoral Commission clarify…?

Dear Sir or Madam,

I notice that No to AV are claiming that, should the alternative vote be implemented following the forthcoming referendum, expensive counting machines would be required to count elections.

Having previously volunteered to count AV elections at my students’ union, I know it is patently false to say AV cannot be counted by hand. As such, I was wondering whether they are basing their claim on any evidence of a proposed move to electronic voting, and whether such a move would be planned only if there is a “yes” result at the referendum? Have you issued any guidance on how AV would be counted, should it be implemented?

Update 23/1/2011: The Electoral Commission replied to my letter

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