[E-voting] Compulsory voting
fergal at esatclear.ie
Sat Sep 10 23:42:26 IST 2005
On 9/10/05, Craig Burton <caburt at alphalink.com.au> wrote:
> David GLAUDE wrote:
> >I think the argument of fighting random bug (cosmic ray alike) is much
> >stronger than fighting fraud in the black box.
> Well I'm sure there are random human errors introduced in counting
> votes, especially PR ones. I think if your method of attack on e-voting
> machines only concerns their reliability as general computers you are
> taking on rather a lot of computers.
1 Errors in counting paper votes are almost always on the order of single
votes and even when multiple errors occur they are very unlikely to
accumulate in one particular direction. The "distance" between humand
counted votes and actually cast votes is at most equal to the number of
errors but is likely to be smaller.
Contrast to computers where the whole system is highly non-linear small
errors in the input or processing can result in arbitrarily large errors in
the result - a single bit flip caused 4096 extra votes in Belgium.
2 The fact that the counting process is observed by multiple parties with
conflicting goals means that errors are unlikely and that each recount
(which is not a full count but actually a check that the bundles are
correct) will tend to bring the human counted result closer to the correct
result (assuming it wasn't there already).
The counting process for EV is unobservable.
All the aside, the bigger problem with EV is the vote recording process,
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