[EM] Electronic Voting Bill of Rights?
dglaude at gmx.net
Sat Nov 15 01:38:01 PST 2003
Ernest Prabhakar wrote:
> On Nov 14, 2003, at 1:55 PM, David GLAUDE wrote:
>> I think that before any electronic system get introduced, you need to
>> carefull set the goal and define what democratic election are.
> I actually think that this is an excellent point. We may disagree
> about how easy a technical solution is, but I think we agree that we
> need to explicitly state what the requirements are.
The point is that the requirement are and should be technology
independant. There is no reason why you would apply a different standard
for electronic voting than for traditional (paper) voting.
> Has anyone put together an "Electronic Voting Bill of Rights" to specify
> what criteria should be required of electronic voting systems? If not,
> I think it would be awesome if electorama could draft and ratify
> something like that. Touch-screen voting seems to be a hot issue, and
> it might generate some good publicity.
Strange goal that you have. You want publicity... rather than the
protection of democracy.
> I'm sure many people here have their pet list, but I haven't seen
> anything systematic. Mine would include things like:
> REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEMS (EVSs)
> 1. MUST enable potential recounts
It is important to know what a recount mean. In Belgium we do recount
the magnetic card (in case power is lost in the computerised magnetic
card ballot box)... or we get impossible result. But this give us no
garantee since we have no proof that what is on the magnetic card is the
Also the word potential is risky. What should be done is to make some
full recount (in random locationç and partial recount everywhere else to
detect hardware/software failure (or worst). If partial recount go
wrong, then full recount is required.
The recount must be technology independent, imagin a recount made using
the recount program from the e-vendor. "Print me one more time the
result, they ask for a recount."
Also we must recount something that was voter verified (without
> 2. MUST be developed in an open process, allowing external accountability
All software and procedure MUST be open for review by all the citizen
(transparency). So source code, reference compilation, hardware
specification, sample content of booting device/encryptiong
key/initialisation data. The source code must be writen in standardised
non-proprietary language for wich refence open source implementation exist.
> 3. MUST allow me to verify that my vote was entered and counted correctly
In a technology independant way.
> 4. MUST NOT allow other people to verify that I voted a particular way
MUST respect the secrecy of my vote.
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