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While the US struggles with its archaic voting system, here's a thought.
Despite numerous supposedly foolproof electronic voting machines on the market, all made by otherwise respectable companies, none have proven to be unhackable; in fact, they're laughably simple to break. If we can't even make a secure standalone machine to collect votes, there's no hope that anyone will ever create a secure Internet voting system. Or is there?
I'm convinced that there is no reason this cannot be done, and that the technology exists today to accomplish it. So let's put our heads together here and toss around ideas, shoot them down one by one, and thin the herd until we come up with an architecture that is unbreakable made of the pieces left standing. I'm not talking about coding anything, just outlining a bullet-proof structure and methodology. The implementation details can be left for an article later.
It exists already. As you said US have a very archaic system but that does not mean everyone has. Switzerland is a great example of internet voting. They are using it a lot. France is using it as well in major elections for its expats, etc...
But I guess nobody has written the article... You can do that piece
Seulement, dans certains cas, n'est-ce pas, on n'entend guère que ce qu'on désire entendre et ce qui vous arrange le mieux... [^]
Back in the 80's I worked for a company that made ballot counting equipment. Yes, we were part of the 'hanging chad' community. The process at that time was distinctly non-trivial, and that was without the security implications of a fully-electronic counting process.
Today, you require a system that is hardened and closed to be secure, yet sufficiently transparent that it can be validated and operated by non-technical personnel. Trust me, boards of election are not made up of technical people. You will find yourself used for political ends, and technical decisions will be resolved by politics rather than merit.
The next complication is that the system must be incredibly flexible. Every state, and most counties/precincts/parishes within a state, has their own notion of proper election conduct. Your software must adhere to those notions, and in fact must demonstrably and verifiably enforce them.
Finally, the software must be implemented in such a fashion that, when it does fail, it fails in the least harmful manner possible. Harmful, in this case, means harm to you. The 2000 election decimated the election 'industry'. Lots of companies went under and lots of people lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
It's interesting as a thought experiment. Would I ever work in that industry again? Not on your life.
Create an article about that, we can add suggestions and discuss it in its own thread.
What are the requirements ? - do we create an voting machine for the current US voting system or for an imaginary democratic system? - what kind of paper trails should it have ? - What kind of input? mechanical (punch)? touch-screen?, scribbling ? - Counting, again, electronic, mechanical ?
That's always been a problem, and probably always will be. All my life I've known significant numbers of people who never read a book or a newspaper, more recently never visit a news site on the Internet, yet are proud of the fact that they never miss voting! Crikey! If you choose - deliberately - to remain ignorant and uninformed, please don't foist your totally unqualified, empty opinions on the rest of us who care enough to study the issues!