Re: SEEV system?

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Feb 11 2010 - 20:01:28 CST

On Feb 11, 2010, at 7:12 PM, Edward Cherlin wrote:

> A friend wants me to get involved with the authors of this voting
> system for the 3rd world. What do we know about it? It sounds
> inherently unlikely.
>
> http://www.cd3wd.com/SEEV/index.htm
>
> SEEV is a new innovative concept which uses entirely existing
> technologies (mobile phone sms and TAN-envelopes) in conjunction with
> an external international processing center ...

There are a few problems -- it requires voters to do a pencil
and paper encryption to cast their ballot. This will disenfranchise
a significant fraction of the electorate -- or force them to reveal
their choices to someone who can help them vote. It will also
guarantee a significant number of misvotes from people who make
mistakes in the table-lookup encryption process.

 From a human factors point of view, it's significantly worse than,
for example, punchscan.

Then, there's the issue of election transparency. The idea is to
take the elections out of the control of the country (not inherently
a bad idea, if we imagine that the country in question very corrupt)
and put them in the hands of a trusted outside agency that maintains
the databases.

How do you know you can trust that outside agency? Imagine, for
example, that I'm an Iranian voting in an election run by this
agency in the next Iranian election. How do I know that the CIA
isn't selecting the winner?

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu

Disclaimer: I only spent a few minutes looking at their web site,
and these are, of course, my own opinions and not those of any agency
or secret conspiracy with which I may be affiliated.
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