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UL_Approved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-05 02:47 AM
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24. If you want transparency, start a software project
This could be easily started on I've debated for some time as to whether to start one or not.

If I did, I would make several criterion:

The ballot form will not be a software class (structure). It will be a data file that is stored on an encrypted smart card on a central server.

Individual ballots will be referenced at polls like a credit card. This is to say that a magnetic strip will contain a key code for each record.

Ballots will be sent to a server via an encrypted link to check for validation (ID) and whether they have voted already.

Voting terminals will find the appropriate ballot for people to vote on. This will ensure that the "wrong booth" issue is resolved.

A paper copy will be printed of the ballot that was voted on.

Data from a ballot will be sent directly to a server via an encrypted link following the completion of the ballot.

Any problems from the paper copy will be brought to an assistant to be documented and signed for corroboration.

Voting stations will NOT have any local disks for storage.

All voting stations will be tied to servers through wire connections, and low-power RF jammers will be used at the voting locations.

Several servers will receive copies of the information, so as to verify results.

Polling servers will not allow totals to be accessed until after the close of polls for all connected precincts.

Any suggestions for a software/hardware based system for voting?
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