[E-voting] Offer VVAT solutions?

Michael McMahon michael at hexmedia.com
Wed Mar 24 17:29:12 GMT 2004

P at draigBrady.com wrote:

> Craig Burton wrote:
>> Dear ICTE,
VoteHere and Scytl are crypto-based mixing systems, similar to David 
Chaums system
which was discussed here a couple of weeks ago. I am personally 
enthusiastic about these
systems, but they are complex and therefore difficult to understand (and 
therefore trust?)

VoteHere is interesting because it uses a much simpler receipt printing 
scheme than
Chaums, but the description on their web site is horrendous mumbo-jumbo 
to the
non crypto-expert. Frankly, unless these schemes can be understood by a 
lot of people
(though not necessarily everyone) then they don't stand a chance.

I think Chaums system is understandable, but I'm not convinced by 
VoteHere yet
(as in, I don't understand it :) )

openvotingconsortium.org seems to be a traditional paper based VVAT.

>> I am sure you have seen this Wired article on the SERVE system, it 
>> goes as far as referencing the VoteHere VVAT solution to ameliorate 
>> the situation.  There are other similar solutions including SCYTL.com 
>> and I saw a DLR one at NIST (but it is tied to their voting boxes).  
>> It's obviously the Govt's job to do this work and implement the 
>> system you are campaigning for, but I suggest that assessing such 
>> systems on their behalf could perhaps build bridges.  An example of 
>> this is Bev Harris' quasi-endorsement of an e-voting system by 
>> openvotingconsortium.org.
> There's an interesting article on OVC on slashdot now:
> http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/24/0333254&mode=thread&tid=103&tid=126&tid=99 
>> Wired : http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,62041,00.html the 
>> reference to VH is on page 2.
> Pádraig.
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