[IIU] [E-voting] Electronic voting

P at draigBrady.com P at draigBrady.com
Thu Jun 5 17:40:37 IST 2003


Patrick J. Kobly wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 03:51:09PM +0100, P at draigBrady.com wrote:
> 
> Are you a Computing Scientist?  Have you read Thompson's "Reflections
> on Trusting Trust"?  
> 
> "The moral is obvious. You can't trust code that you did not totally
> create yourself."

Including the compiler. I know the arguments.

>>it could be a large win for voting accuracy/turnout/results_speed
> 
> And the evidence shows the opposite effect.  Automated counting
> systems show lower accuracy than hand counts, have a negligable effect
> on turnout, and are significantly slower when an election is close.

Even if it's all digitized?

> In the last Canadian election, we knew who the Prime Minister would be
> before the polls closed in Alberta.  We knew who was elected as an MP
> in every riding about four hours after the last polls closed in
> British Columbia.  The Americans had to wait two months to find out
> who their President would be.

That's because of overseas ballots isn't it (which
would benefit from remote evoting).

Pádraig.




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