Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform

Posted: August 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: In the News

“2,500 years after they first designed democracy’s core operating system of one person one vote, the Greeks are giving it an upgrade.

A team of researchers in Athens say they’ve designed the world’s first encrypted e-voting system where voters can verify that votes cast actually go to the intended candidate.

The process happens on a distributed, publicly-available ledger, much like the blockchain – the peer-reviewed software architecture that underpins bitcoin.

The digital ballot box, called DEMOS, decreases the probability of election fraud as more voters use the system to verify their votes.

Aggelos Kiayias, professor of cryptography and computer security at the University of Athens, who works on DEMOS, said that committed hackers could potentially find ways around the system. Encrypted numbers attributed to voters and to their candidate have to be generated by a “clean” computer – one that hasn’t already been compromised by hackers. Extra security would also have to be in place to make sure the identification keys are not intercepted and manipulated when they travel from the computer to the voter and back.”

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Electronic Poll Book Systems as Distributed Systems: Requirements and Challenges

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Other Publications | Tags: , , ,

Electronic poll books are computerized systems that replace paper-based voter lists, having the potential for speeding up Election Day check-in at the polling place, and making voter history records and voter lists more accurate by reducing human errors in dealing with printed voter lists and post-election transcription. At the same time, electronic poll books are non-trivial distributed computing systems, and ensuring correctness, security, integrity, fault-tolerance, and performance of such systems is a challenging engineering problem. This paper deals exclusively with the distributed system aspects of electronic poll book solutions and focuses on the obstacles that are inherent in any distributed system that must deal with failure and asynchrony while providing a consistent and dependable service. We review several requirements that need to be satisfied by electronic poll book systems, then we discuss selected important results from distributed computing research that the developers of electronic poll book systems need to be aware of. An important conclusion is that electronic poll book development is an attractive application domain for the research results in dependable distributed computing.

Electronic Poll Book Systems as Distributed Systems: Requirements and Challenges


Connecticut Electronic Poll Book Requirements Released

Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags:

The Connecticut Secretary of the State has released a document defining the requirements for electronic poll books to be used at polling places in Connecticut. An electronic poll book is a digital version of a registered voter list. Election moderators use these lists to determine whether a person is registered to vote and to record that a person has voted in an election. The released requirements will be used by the Secretary of the State, with the assistance of the Center for Voting Technology Research at the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut, to determine the suitability of electronic poll book products for use in Connecticut elections.

Requirements document: CT Electronic Poll Book Requirements


Statistical Analysis of the Post-Election Audit Data 2014 August Primary Elections

Posted: December 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Statistical Analysis | Tags: , , , , , ,

The Center for Voting Technology Research (VoTeR Center) at the School of Engineering of the University of Connecticut received the data gathered in the post-election audit performed in the State of Connecticut following the August 12, 2014 election. The audit involved the randomly selected 10% of the districts and the audit returns were conveyed by the Office of the Secretary of the State (SOTS) to the VoTeR Center on December 4, 2014. The audit data received by the Center contains 305 records, where each record represents information about a given candidate: date, district, machine seal number, office, candidate, machine counted total, hand counted total of the votes considered unquestionable by the auditors, hand counted total of the votes considered questionable by the auditors, and the hand counted total, that is, the sum of undisputed and questionable ballots. This report contains several statistical analyses of the audit returns and recommendations.
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