[E-voting] Re: a new voting system

Michael McMahon michael at hexmedia.com
Wed May 23 18:14:15 IST 2007


Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 03:03:04PM +0100, Joseph Kiniry wrote:
>   
>>>> (as also is ClearSoftware's claim).
>>>> I don't see what the size of electronic components has to do with it.
>>>>         
>>> It has everything to do with it, it's basically the only reason why
>>> trustworthy electronic voting is unimplementable, it is incapable of
>>> human-level review.
>>>       
>> Colm, I strongly disagree with this assertion, as do many expert  
>> computer scientists and cryptographers, if I am interpreting your  
>> statements correctly---by "trustworthy electronic voting," I presume  
>> you mean "trustworthy, verifiable elections operated via electronic  
>> voting."
>>     
>
> Well I regard unverifiable elections an untrustworthy, but I also regard
> secrecy as important and consider that part yof the trustworthiness is
> that the voter be able to safeguard the secrecy of their intentions
> also. I don't see how a voter, faced with an electronic machine, can
> verify that their vote is not being recorded in-secret. And I don't see
> how that can really change :/ 
>
>   
Some of the systems referred to are not dependent on DREs, eg. 
punchscan, and
Peter Ryan's Pret a Voter system. As far as I am aware though, none of 
these
systems work very well with preferential voting systems like our own.

- Michael



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