Open e-voting standard characteristics

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Feb 20 2007 - 13:29:34 CST

This is from John Borras, Chair OASIS E&VS TC
M. +44 (0)7976 157745

An open [1] public e-voting standard must:

- Have open public license terms that are free for use and that permit open
source implementations
- Be publicly available, documented and accessible via the internet
- Ideally be a de jure [2] standard
- Have a controlling body that should be open with available public
membership, with open public processes, archives and access to the
specifications development process
- Be controlled by an open approval process that has a well-defined,
inclusive process, with public comments and input for evolution of the
- Have approval of the standard that is subject to review and voting across
the membership of the defining standard organization
- Support the provisions enshrined in a Voter's Bill of Rights or other
similar legislation
- Be broadly implementable by available e-Voting systems and not be designed
to be restricted to only a few providers' solutions
- Be adaptable by design so that localization and extensions are permitted,
supported and anticipated
- Produce consistent results that can be independently verified by anyone
familiar with the standard and specification details
- Be auditable for conformance, compatibility and support the development of
verification testing tools
- Support interoperability amongst vendors' implementations so that parts of
the e-voting process can be separately and independently developed and then
interact successfully

Using such an open standard will help, along with associated traditional
administrative and manual election processes, secure a result that is
trustworthy, verifiable and affordable.


[1] Open = Approved under an open process where all interested parties have
input, results are publicly viewable, etc. The organization who developed
the standard may be de jure or not.

[2] De Jure = Force of law; approved by one of the four recognized
international standards organizations (ISO, IEC, ITU, UN/ECE)

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