[E-voting] terrorism and electronic elections

Timothy Murphy tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
Sun Jul 10 23:50:06 IST 2005

On Sun 10 Jul 2005 16:41, vote at electronic-vote.org wrote:

> Ballot paper elections are very robust and have no single point of failure:
> there is NOT a single place which abnormal functioning could lead to the
> impossibility to declare a winner. Paper elections can be held despite of
> black outs and interruptions of computer networks. Infact paper elections
> have properly worked also when electricity and computer did not even exist!
> On the contrary, electronic elections are based on computer networks and
> computer centers which are very good terroristic targets. A terroristic
> attack to the network infrastucture, to power distribution lines, or to a
> computer center could lead to the impossibility to declare a winner of the
> election. It would deny governments any democratic legitimation, seriously
> harming any Democracy

I don't think the argument is nearly as clear as you make out.
Eg in a chaotic situation like Iraq people might be frightened 
to go out to vote,
and some form of electronic voting from home might be preferable.

Timothy Murphy  
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