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[liberationtech] Are you ready for e-voting in your country? Some articles

Joseph Lorenzo Hall joe at
Mon Jun 20 14:28:03 PDT 2016

I'd highly recommend reading in full (it's long) the Eric Geller
piece, which interviews a bunch of board members of the Verified
Voting Foundation as well as some internet voting vendors (note that
in the field "e-voting" is any type of electronic voting typically not
mediated by internet, and "internet voting" or "i-voting" is remote
casting of official ballot data over a network that depends on

While I don't have it at my fingertips, studies have shown that there
are much more dominant factors that affect turnout than the ballot
casting method/technology, so I wouldn't hang my hopes there.

(Full disclosure: I'm a member of the Verified Voting Foundation
Board of Directors; I also believe that at some point in the future
we will need to figure out how to run secure government elections
without transferring physical matter, but that it's folly to do that now
given our current interent and the state of mobile and consumer
computing devices.)

best, Joe

On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:39 PM, Steven Clift <clift at> wrote:
> OK, these articles suggest continued skepticism. Are there other
> decent counter points that say we can do e-voting securely enough to
> take advantage of higher turn-out? Or is that a myth too?
> Notably, 26 US states now allow registering to vote online:
> Cheers,
> Steven Clift
> Online voting is a cybersecurity nightmare
> By Eric Geller
> Jun 10, 2016, 1:32pm CT | Last updated Jun 10, 2016, 1:33pm CT
> Chinese hackers target Taiwan political party to spy on website visitors
> By James Griffiths, CNN
> Updated 11:13 AM ET, Thu June 2, 2016
> Philippine voter data hacked but polls to go ahead
> Apr. 22, 2016 9:23 AM EDT
> Could the 2016 Election Be Stolen with Help from Electronic Voting Machines?
> February 23, 2016
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