Re: Anonymous voting - UK rules

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 20 2005 - 15:22:48 CDT

The UK is undoubtedly a civilized enough polity in which encrypted voter identification on the ballot is workable. In the US, however, where many state voting officials are strongly partisan, this feature is dubious at best. Snooping into who voted for whom is not something I want to leave to the tender mercies of high government officials or low ones, for that matter.
 
-- Dick
"David Webber (XML)" <david@drrw.info> wrote:
Just FYI - in the UK - the election board can in certain circumstances
request to know exactly who voted how.

Therefore there are two levels of control in OASIS EML XML
440 - one of course being optional - where the vote is
anonymous at the top level. However embedded into the vote
is also a crypto key that can reveal who the voter was that
placed that particular vote.

So in the extreme case of an audit that requires it - or a contested
vote situation - the election officials can go in front of a judge
and get permission to be able to "open" that crypto key and
figure out who the voter was.

Old paper ballots in the UK have this same set of measures.
Where you receive your ballot paper when polling and that
ballotID is noted on the electoral roll. A judge can order those
electoral roll records opened.

This brings us back to open source executables. I'd prefer
that a build script would allow compiling around these - so that
for the US - all code related to that level of processing would
be excluded. And so we have a combination XML scripting
of the processing - but also compile localizations that
add or remove code accordingly.

Just some thoughts for a Friday!

Cheers, DW

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