Essay about Voting System

1458 Words Mar 24th, 2015 6 Pages


“Electronic Voting Literature”
Voting on the internet using PC's everyday offers only weak security, but its main disadvantages are in the areas of anonymity and protection against coercion and/or vote selling. The Presidential elections of 2000 brought national attention to problems with current American methods of casting and counting votes in public elections. Most people believe that the current system should be changed; there is much disagreement on how such changes should be made.
Dr. Michael Shamos of CMU provides a sharp counterpoint [6] to Neumann and Mercuri's views. While his “Six Commandments” summary of requirements for a voting system is very similar to others' requirements, he's less
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The election processes of voter registration, vote casting, vote counting, and ballot generation are becoming increasingly automated. Numerous cases of allegedly accidental errors have been reported, along with suspicions of fraud. However, the borderline between accident and fraud is murky. Serious security vulnerabilities are commonplace in most voting systems, providing widespread opportunities for computer-system misuse particularly by insiders. Indeed, incentives for bribery, collusion, and fraud are likely to be enhanced by the financial stakes involved in winning or losing an election.
According to Nuemann criterion of a voting system should be the following: * System Integrity – it should be tamperproof. * Data Integrity – this is one of the most important part of a voting system so this must also be tamperproof. * Data Confidentiality – data should not be visible to anyone during the voting process. * System Availability – it must be available whenever it is expected to be operational. * System Reliability – system should be bug free. * Interface Usability – system should be user friendly and overly cautious in defending accidental or intentional misuse of the system.

References: * “Security

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