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

Margaret McGaley Margaret.McGaley at redbrick.dcu.ie
Mon Mar 8 14:38:05 GMT 2004


On Sun, Mar 07, 2004 at 10:10:45PM +0000, Dr J Pelan wrote:
> 
> If I break it out (with some simplification and omission) perhaps the
> difficulty in perception can be addressed;
> 
> (1) We have a voting system which must be trustworthy and verifiably so.
> 
> (1a) This implies that all elements of the voting system, including
>      the recorded votes, must be trustworthy and verifiably so.
> 
> (2) The only way a voter can verify that their vote has been
>     recorded accurately is by observing that recording themselves.
> 
> (2a) This implies that verification has not occurred if the voter 
>      is only told what has been recorded, by another human or by device.
> 
> (3) The proposed voting system only permits the voter to verify 
>     the recorded vote via a device.
> 
> I contend that by taking (1), (2) and (3) it naturally follows that the
> proposed system is unsuitable for electoral purposes. QED.
> 

Excellently put. We may well use that in our submission to the "panel".

Margaret

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Margaret McGaley
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