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

Margaret McGaley Margaret.McGaley at redbrick.dcu.ie
Mon Mar 8 14:42:53 GMT 2004

On Mon, Mar 08, 2004 at 01:16:23PM +0000, Michael McMahon wrote:
> >
> >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.
> >
> Can you explain what you mean by "statistically valid sampling"?

The real votes are examined in several constituencies. The *number* of
constituencies is chosen so that it is statistically significant. That is,
there is an acceptable chance of finding mistakes/fiddles.

Margaret McGaley
Margaret.McGaley at redbrick.dcu.ie

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