[E-voting] The VVAT Debate - Technical or Not ?

Michael McMahon michaelmcmahon at vodafone.ie
Mon Mar 8 13:16:23 GMT 2004


Dr J Pelan wrote:

>On Sun, 7 Mar 2004, Patrick O'Beirne wrote:
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>>>(2a) This implies that verification has not occurred if the voter
>>>     is only told what has been recorded, by another human or by device.
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>>However by "device" we also include a printer
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>No. The piece of paper that the voter verifies is *the vote*.
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>There are electronic *copies* of the votes which are used for tallying and
>these copies may be accurate or corrupted. The validity of the result is
>checked by a statistically valid sampling of the real, paper votes. In the
>event of a dispute, the system defaults back to the real, paper votes.
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Can you explain what you mean by "statistically valid sampling"?






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