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    I am a Founding Member of the Open Voting Consortium, which designed a secure voting system that uses computers running Free/Open Source Software to mark ballots, but not to record votes.

    It is not possible to explain all of the security threats in voting in a comment, or to explain how our design counters each one. That will have to be a topic for a Diary. For now, I will just point out that using computers prevents overvoting, stray marks, and other problems with manually-marked ballots, while permitting the use of security features such as providing both human-readable and computer-readable content on the paper ballot. We then show how to create independently programmed verification systems so that the voter can test whether the computer-readable votes match the voter's intent, as shown by the human-readable portion.

    The fundamental problem, however, is not the technical design but the lack of political will. We can have believable elections only if the public cares enough to make politicians care enough, and if enough of the public is then willing to do its part in verifying each and every election.

    We now propose to offer our voting software to schools, so that large populations can test it, learn how it works, and contribute further ideas.

    Busting the Dog Whistle code.

    by Mokurai on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:17:34 AM PDT

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