Sound bites: Voter comprehension

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Apr 05 2004 - 15:09:38 CDT

> Voter confidence is important but so it voter comprehension.  OVC's
> solution for incorporating voter-verified ballots within the emerging
> eletronic voting shift requires no  technical knowledge for voters to
> understand how it works.  People are more likely to trust something
> they can easily understand.

This is another point I wish to second. We shouldn't start an argument
on this particular point, but Jeff points toward what I find a major
flaw in Chaum's approach: Practically no one can understand it. I
raised this matter six months ago on the list, so you can look up my
longer discourse. Chaum's brilliant as a mathematician, but only
brilliant mathematicians can understand why his shared-secret
cryptography works. For most voters, it's a black-box, just as much as
are proprietary machines (yeah, the method is published, but voters
cannot read it... many fewer than can read the source code from OVC
meaningfully).

Blurb:

        OVC: Simple, secure, and fully disclosed to voters.
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