[clug] e-Voting: What would you want in a smartphone App?

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 22:19:10 MDT 2010

Why do you want e-voting?  Who benefits?

The only real practical reason I can think of is for disabled people  
who want to be able to vote without help.

I remember that evoting machines were outlawed in Holland only a year  
or two ago because people could detect electronically from a distance  
what was on the LCD screens (à la TEMPEST) and work out what people  
had voted.  There are a lot of potential catches.

Who owns the phone, who has the phone in their possession?  Can you  
prove it?  Then there is the issue of all the different phones and  
OSes.  Perhaps only iPhone users should vote?  I don't think so.  If  
it were all electronic, can anyone work out what you voted?

TL;DR: why would you possibly want to vote in your phone?

On 2010/Mar/20, at 2:44 PM, steve jenkin wrote:

> Remember Tridge, Rusty (?) and others produced something a few  
> elections
> back??
> Starting again today, with Smartphone, what different approaches might
> there be?
> If the AEC were to publish an iPhone App, what would you want to know:
> - in order to trust the download?
> - to know the vote recorded was the vote you wanted to cast?
> I'd be happy if the App just printed a ballot sheet that I handed in.
> Perhaps only after I'd picked up a (random) barcode token after
> registration.
> What about the people who have other smartphones: Android, Nokia (?)
> And the ever present threat of malware, recently come to a smartphone
> near you (if you were to believe the Tabloid TV media).
> s
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