Re: Re: Fw: Voter smartcard authenticaion as an option for the

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Mon Jun 06 2005 - 10:02:00 CDT

Folks,
 
I have to agree with David. Facelessness is just too great an opportunity for various kinds of voter fraud and chicanery. I like the traditional routine presentation of the voter in person to obtain a voter authorization card of some sort which is both anonymous, secure, and contains information about the specific ballot to which the holder is entitled to vote. Pretty close to the existing standard procedure.
 
And...there is absentee, provisional, and military voting to consider. Technology (which I worked on at a previous employer) permits each of these to be handled in a similar fashion, with controlled access to anonymous ballot casting. A voter verified paper ballot can and should accompany electronic voting in each case.
 
IMHO...
 
-- Dick

"David Webber (XML)" <david@drrw.info> wrote:
Allan,

I always get nervous about anonymous individual smartcards.
While the fancy math is nice that underpins these things - how
can you be random and individual at the same time? It just
seems to violate Heisenbergs Principle!?!

Anyway - I like better Smartcards for voter operation of
voting systems - where multiple voters share from a pool
of cards - because simple math theory shows that is
anonymous by default.

So - I'd say - so long as do that as a first approach - seems
good to me. Actually doing individual validation though
carries with it tons of political bagged that potentially
becomes a major distraction for what we are trying to
achieve here...

DW

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> Dear Alan,
>
> I am writing to you with the intention of hopefully being able to
> implement a smartcard application for the EVM2003 software project. I
> am starting my dissertation (e-voting and anonymity using smartcards)
> as part of my Msc in Information Security course at the Royal Holloway
> University of London in United Kingdom.
>
> My idea is to implement an optional javacard solution that would
> authenticate the individual voters anonymously in order to cast a vote
> using the EVM2003 system.
>
> I would be grateful if you could let me know if this is feasible, how
> to proceed and if you are the correct person to discuss this with.
>
> All work done will also be verified and consulted with the University
> professors and tutors who are extremely knowledgeable in Information
> security.
>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information or
> clarification.
>
> Regards
>
> Gino Ricci
>
> 5 Brandon Mansions
> Queens Club Gardens
> London W14 9RE
> United Kingdom
> Telephone:
> day: +44 207 734-2412
> eve: +44 207 386-8161
> mobile: +44 7956 221033
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