Maryland Testing E-Voting System That Lets People Verify Their Votes Counted
from the experimenting-away dept
For many years, David Chaum has been pushing for a voting system that he claims will be a lot more reliable. Basically, after you vote, you get a coded number, and then after the election, you can go to an election website, punch in your code and make sure that your vote counted, and was for whom you meant to vote. On top of this, there’s a system for auditors to check to make sure that votes were counted accurately, with information released publicly so people can “audit” the election without being able to connect voters to their votes. This system tends to generate a lot of controversy (though some of it appears to be from people who just don’t like David Chaum, rather than because they really have a problem with his system). However, the system hasn’t been really tested in an actual US election… until now. The municipal elections in Takoma Park, Maryland used the system, despite the state recently signing a big deal with Diebold. It’s not clear how the overall election went yet — or how many people actually checked their votes online (approximately 30% in an exit poll said they copied down the code). However, it’s good to see that some gov’ts are not just accepting what the big e-voting firms give them, and are willing to explore more sophisticated voting systems that aren’t based on pure faith in the e-voting company to get the system right.