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Re: [ga-ext] On-Line Voting

At 19:00 17/05/01 -0400, Danny Younger wrote:
>I have noticed that the At-Large Study Committee has posted studies such as
>"Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet," by
>Avi Rubin  http://avirubin.com/e-voting.security.html
>That particular paper also refers to another recent study (March 2001), the
>"National Workshop on Internet Voting"
>Both of these studies imply that on-line elections are not technologically
>feasible at this time. 

Having actually worked with online voting , I must say that there is a great deal of FUD in reports that seek perfection in security.  Ask election.com or any other commercial voting provider.
Even with a so-called free vote in the Booth, where there is no password security, I have never found any significant attempt to cheat.
Iris-reading identification? Ridiculous!
This is not about keeping intruders out of high-security facilities.

Even rudimentary  identification systems should be acceptable to create a voters' roll.
The postal address system that ICANN used for the last @large election , was one of such.

If there are 100.000 voters, you do not need watertight security to keep a dozen false identities out.
Unless there is an extremely close election result, it does not make any difference.
It certainly is no excuse or reason to abandon on-line voting.

Just as in paper ballot voting there can be cheating, nobody in his right mind uses this as an argument to stop giving people the vote.

Founder of the Cyberspace Association.
Former bootstrap of the IDNO (www.idno.org)
Developer of    The Polling Booth

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