[E-voting] The best VVAT is good for

Craig Burton caburt at alphalink.com.au
Tue Oct 25 05:41:27 IST 2005



Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:

>On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 04:21:07PM +0100, Catherine Ansbro wrote:
>  
>
>>VVAT only has value as a partial mitigation against the completely 
>>unacceptable option of a paper-less and unauditable DRE.  I.e., it is 
>>somewhat better than the worst-case situation.
>>
>>But it is not a "solution" to aspire to, for the reasons I mentioned 
>>previously.  And it is dangerous in itself in that it can mislead people 
>>into thinking it is more of a solution than it is.
>>    
>>
>
>I think this confuses the issue. A Voter Verified Audit Trail is simply
>a mechanism by which the voter has verified the correct recording of
>their vote :-)
>
>For example; the current, completely un-electronic voting system
>posesses a VVAT in the form of our ordinary ballot papers, That's all a
>VVAT is.
>  
>
A voter can't verify their vote is included in the count or that the 
ballot box it contains wasn't burned.  I think this use of "VVAT" is too 
broad.
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