A team of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) students says strong encryption will be a necessity for any future online or Internet-based U.S. voting system.
"There is...not an acceptable level of fraud that could occur in a voting process," says Randall Trzeciak, director of CMU's Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management program. "We should have confidence that every vote would count as was intended."
The CMU team's study on Internet voting, in collaboration with Galois and the U.S. Vote Foundation, found an end-to-end verifiable (E2E-V) voting system was the only viable option.
The analysis laid the groundwork for a secure, scalable prototype E2E-V Internet voting system. Its recommended features include robust validation of user credentials, encrypted exchange of information from server to user and from user to database, and auditing capability to give voters confidence their votes were recorded as cast and counted in the official tally.
Another CMU team collaborated with the U.S. Vote Foundation's Overseas Vote effort to develop voting information widgets for the client's Voter Account application. Among the deliverables was a polling location widget that uses Google Maps to direct voters to their polling place, and the capability to communicate via social media features to maximize voter engagement.
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