[E-voting] a new voting system
colm at stdlib.net
Fri May 11 11:10:00 IST 2007
On Fri, May 11, 2007 at 10:06:33AM +0200, vote wrote:
> After fighting e-voting for four years, I worked out a voting system that,
> combining the good points of paper voting with those of electronic voting,
> guarantees quick, honest and verifiable results.
It doesn't! Problems:
* It doesn't address voter privacy at all. The voter has no
means to ensure that their votes are not being recorded
in order. While the software you happen to write may do it,
the voter still has no means to ensure it. Someone else
could replace the software.
* "the VVPB is checked by the elector and then automatically
stored inside the voting booths", a critical component
of our a VVPB works is that the voter can be relatively
sure their vote is being stored securely because they get
to put it in an ordinary ballot box. You don't address
how this works in your system, the word "automatically"
terrifies me. What does that mean? What if the vote printed
is *not* correct, what happens then? You say there are
no void ballots, you say you use ordinary PC's. None of
this makes sense. The detail of your proposal doesn't
* Why give a quick result? There is simply no way to guage
likelihood of error from the electronic result, the system
may or may not have been compromised, and there may or may
not have been an operational error. An error of 100 votes
is as likely as 100,000 votes. So how do you know whether
to re-count or not? So why bother with a quick result?
What's the point when we can have no confidence in it anyway.
* I can't see how this system as a whole would reduce expense
compared to a completely ordinary hand-counted election,
contrary to your claims.
* What does "active monitoring of the people" mean? What
about voter privacy?
> It uses a minimum level of
> electronics and it based upon the monitoring of the public in such a way
> that it eliminates ALL the risks that current e-voting systems pose to
It really doesn't (and it definitely doesn't use the minimum of
The system is pointless and does not address many long-standing problems
with e-voting systems.
Colm MacCárthaigh Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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