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Re: [atlarge-discuss] online voting
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- Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 14:00:34 +0200
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At 11.05.2002 07:51, James Love wrote:
>What is the current state of play with online voting? The DNSO type voting
>seems to have some good features regarding verifying how one's vote was
>calculated. Do we want public or secret voting? Does it cost money to have
>these fancy voting services, or are they inexpensive or free software tools
>that volenteers can use? Are there good articles on pros and cons for
From my experiences with the (IMHO very good) DNSO
type voting system here are some of the realities
of e-mail balloting. A system for sending and
receiving e-mail ballots must take into account the
[ ] Some respondents use Blackhole lists (so the mail
must be sent from a system that is not on any
Blackhole list or allows for smtp-auth sending).
[ ] Some respondents use wrong email addresses (so
the delivery failures must be recorded).
[ ] Some respondents send the ballot from a different
email address than the one the ballot was sent
to (so the balloting system must not depend on
the "From" address).
[ ] Some respondents send blank ballots (so the system
must count them as abstentions and not confuse
them with delivery failures).
[ ] Some respondents mark ballots, but not according
to the instructions (so "blank" ballots have
to be checked to see whether they really are
[ ] Some respondents delete their ballots accidentally
(so the vote operator must be able to resend
[ ] Some respondents send more than one ballot (so the
system must only use the last ballot sent).
[ ] Some respondents send ballots with more votes than
they have (so the system must notify them that
their ballot will not be recorded).
[ ] Some respondents reply to the sample ballot contained
in the voter information email (so the system must
notify them that this ballot will not be recorder).
[ ] the voter should receive an acknowledgement that
the vote has been recorded,
[ ] the voter should be able to see at the end of the
election that his vote has indeed been recorded
[ ] there should be some mechanism to settle disputes
after the election (e.g. independent watchdogs
with copies of all votes),
[ ] the voters must be sure that their email addresses
will not be used by the vote operators and watchdogs
in any way except for the purpose of voting,
[ ] the voting instructions should be clear and concise,
[ ] the voting system should be as transparent as possible;
if possible, the source code should be public.
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