Self-Enforcing Electronic Voting (2012)

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

    Abstract: Verifiable electronic voting has been extensively researched for over twenty years, but few protocols have achieved real-life deployment. 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 radically 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.

      • Date: February 2012
      • Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series
      • Pages: 12
      • Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
      • Publication type: Report
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: DRE, electronic voting


      Dr Dylan Clarke
      Research Associate

      Dr Feng Hao
      Reader in Security Engineering

      Professor Brian Randell
      Emeritus Professor, and Senior Research Investigator