[E-voting] Re: terrorism and electronic elections

Michael McMahon michael at hexmedia.com
Fri Jul 15 10:42:12 IST 2005


David GLAUDE wrote:

> Paper based election systems can provide 100% guarantee of secrecy. 

Don't get me wrong, paper based elections are the gold standard, but
they don't provide a 100% secrecy guarantee.

Can you be 100% sure that there are no hidden cameras
in the polling station? What about the fingerprints that you leave behind
on the paper ballots? Fanciful perhaps, but if Govt's get their way with
national fingerprint ID databases, then maybe not quite as fanciful then.

Any e-voting system could secretly record each persons vote in
the exact sequence it was cast, but it would require the collusion of a
lot of people to take advantage of that information, including the 
progammers,
the polling staff etc.

Michael






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