Self-Enforcing Electronic Voting (2012)

Author(s): Hao F, Randell B, Clarke D

  • : LNCS

Abstract: Verifiable electronic voting has been extensively researched for over twenty years, but few protocols have achieved real-life deploy- ment. A key impediment, we argue, is caused by the existing protocols’ universal reliance on the probity of the tallying authorities. This might seem surprising to many people as dependence on tallying authorities has been a de facto standard in the field. However, this dependence is actually a legacy inherited from traditional physical voting, one that has proved problematic in the electronic context. In this paper, we propose a rad- ically new concept called “self-enforcing electronic voting”, which refers to voting systems that are free from reliance on any tallying authority. This proposal goes significantly further than all existing or proposed e- voting systems. We explain the feasibility of this new approach, with a theoretical definition of the system properties, a concrete engineering design, a practical implementation, and real-world trial experiments. We also highlight some open issues for further research.

  • Short Title: LNCS
  • Date: 12-13 April 2012
  • Conference Name: Security Protocols Workshop XX : 20th International Workshop
  • Pages: 23-31
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag
  • Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. abstract)
  • Bibliographic status: Published

Dr Dylan Clarke
Research Associate

Dr Feng Hao
Reader in Security Engineering

Professor Brian Randell
Emeritus Professor, and Senior Research Investigator