Every Vote Counts: Ensuring Integrity in Large-Scale DRE-based Electronic Voting

  1. Lookup NU author(s)
  2. Dr Feng Hao
Author(s)Hao F, Kreeger MN
Publication type Report
Series TitleSchool of Computing Science Technical Report Series
Source Publication DateAugust 2011
Report Number1268
Full text is available for this publication:
This paper presents a new electronic voting system, called Direct Recording Electronic with Integrity (DRE-i). The DRE is a widely deployed voting system that commonly uses touch-screen technology to directly record votes. However, a lack of tallying integrity is widely considered the most contentious problem with the DRE system. In this work, we take a broad interpretation of the DRE: which includes not only touch-screen machines, as deployed at polling stations, but also remote voting systems conducted over the Internet or mobile phones. In all cases, the system records votes directly. The DRE-i protocol is generic for both on-site and remote voting and provides a drop-in mathematical solution to ensure tallying integrity without altering the user's intuitive voting experience. The auditing is voter-initiated, so every voter can verify that the machine counts votes correctly. As we adopt a novel technique to encrypt votes, the system is self-tallying: that is anyone can tally votes without any tallying authority involvement. To our best knowledge, our proposal is the first centralized e-voting system that is self-tallying. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this new design.
InstitutionSchool of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
ActionsLink to this publication