Archive for the 'Voting' Category

What Does “Secret Ballot” Mean?

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

When we talk about elections having a “secret ballot”, that typically means that each voter’s choices are confidential.  But it also matters whether or not the voter’s co-operation is required to keep those choices confidential.
Over at Freedom to Tinker, Ed Felten proposes labels to help us make this distinction.  By his definition, “weak [...]

Rivest’s ThreeBallot Voting System

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Ron Rivest suggests a paper-based voting system called ThreeBallot, which is unusual in that it lets voters verify the integrity of the election from end to end, but doesn’t require computers to do fancy cryptographic operations.  Designers of voting schemes have long desired to enable each voter to ascertain with confidence that their ballot [...]

The Election Software Supply Chain

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

It wasn’t all that long ago that I first heard the phrase “supply chain attack.” I think the phrase “supply chain” more commonly refers to manufactured goods — a supply chain analysis of a manufactured product would involve questions like: What parts are used to make this product, and from where are they imported?  [...]