Monday, 27 November 2006

Return to the Wired article

One specific thing from that Wired article I commented on the other day:

"There's really no way to secure the transmission of votes over the internet," Jefferson said, pointing out that home PCs' vulnerability to viruses and other malicious code makes it impossible to assure that a vote is cast and counted the way it was intended.

Yes there is. As was stated in my comments... pre-encrypted ballots ensure that:

1. The vote is unalterable without being unintelligable to the voting system (assuming a 10 horse race, with a 4 digit PCIN we get a 1 in 1,000 chance of altering the entered value to another correct value... not that you know who the new value is for)
2. No one in the middle can tell how you voted without your original candidate sheet!

I'm surprised that the assertion from Jefferson hasn't been challenged before.