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Questions tagged [electronic-voting]

Questions about using an electronic device, and not a paper ballot, to cast votes. Use with the [voting] tag

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Real-time online voting

I’m aware that online voting has been adopted in a (limited) number of jurisdictions across the world. As far as I’m aware, all these systems work in a very similar way to a paper ballot, you cast ...
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What could be an appropriate electoral system, when some of the alternatives are similar to each other?

Let us say people in a certain institution are given the choice to select one of four alternatives. While alternative 1 is to reject a certain policy, alternatives 2,3 and 4 are in favor of putting a ...
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If voting machine fraud is a potential issue in the USA, why are paper ballots never a solution? [duplicate]

I keep hearing about potential cases of voter fraud in American elections, and most of the times I hear about that, vote machine hacking comes up. Voting machines also have the disadvantage of not ...
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What is the benefit of electronic voting machines (as opposed to paper ballots)?

Quite a few countries (notably the USA) use electronic voting machines for casting ballots during elections. Coming from Germany, where electronic voting machines are not used, I wonder why they are ...
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What are some examples of substantial voter disenfranchisement by electronic voting in the United States?

I'm somewhat familiar with the Sequoia AVC case in New Jersey, from a Usenix paper by Appel et al.: We found two design flaws of the AVC Advantage which may cause inaccuracy in counting votes [...] ...
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What are some horror stories of electoral fraud happening due to electronic voting in otherwise established democracies?

The media is replete with stories of vulnerabilities [real or potential] having been discovered [or likely to exist] in electronic voting machines. What I want to ask here is: what are some of the ...
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Why isn't congress helping in upgrading Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)?

It seems that the technology used for elections in the US is decades old and an easy target for different kinds of attacks. Not upgrading the EVMs increases the possibility of attack vectors on EVMs. ...
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Drawbacks of Online Voting [duplicate]

BBC has an article which asks if it is time for countries to adopt online voting. While, there may be many advantages of this, what are the principle drawbacks of online voting? It is possible that ...
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Decentralized Electoral System [closed]

So I have been thinking about this for only a couple of days, take this with a grain of salt. I know that, in general, electronic voting is a bad idea for a number of reasons. But I think that there ...
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Behavioural consequences of real-time electronic voting results publicly available

Is there any study (probably theoretical) analysing the consequence on voting behaviour of making publicly available in real time the ongoing results of an election? (naturally, enabled only because ...
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Why hasn't Estonia discontinued e-voting?

According to EstoniaVoting: Estonia is the only country in the world that relies on Internet voting in a significant way for legally-binding national elections — up to 25% of voters cast their ...
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New trend of blaming the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after losing the elections

I am a first year student of political science (Honours) and would like to understand about recent controversy about EVMs in India. Recently after the various election results in India it has become ...
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Is this a good way to count Single Transferable Vote ballots?

I've been asked by my employer to create an online voting system for internal elections (e.g. board of directors). Our bylaws dictate that we need to use STV. I wasn't satisfied with the existing ...
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Countries banning electronic voting machines

Germany has banned the use of voting machines which record the votes electronically only. Following is quoted from the source. The German Constitutional Court upheld the first argument, concurring ...
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What sort of evidence might WI require to _not_ use a machine recount?

In hopes of testing whether the output from proprietary voting machine hardware and software was accurate, the Stein campaign has paid the state of Wisconsin a $3.5 million dollar recount filing fee, (...
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Why don't ALL voting machines get fed a test batch of ballots before the election to prevent tampering/hacking?

... run a test batch of ballots through it (voting machine) (Source: step 6.2 of Wisconsin's official vote recount manual, courtesy of Bobson's answer here). As a software developer, this seems ...
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Are votes in electronic voting machines always manually counted?

I would like a clarification about how the system works, because I always thought that votes cast in electronic machines a) left a paper trail and b) were always manually verified. My idea was that ...
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Are file hashes used in voting machines? [closed]

In computer science file hashes are a great way to determine if an electronic file has been tampered with. Do voting machines software used in the USA use file hashes in any way to determine if the ...
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Looking for the name of a voting process by public token [closed]

I though about doing a publicly verifiable voting system, here is the idea: You give each voter a random random corresponding to his vote You make every vote public as a list of (voting number, vote) ...
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Why didn't Americans Elect field a candidate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election?

Americans Elect was trying to get an alternative candidate on the ballot in the 2012 presidential election. The party was to hold a completely online convention to elect a party ticket to run. ...
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Is it possible to implement an electronic voting system which is as secure as pen-and-paper voting?

There is ongoing criticism of voting machines, due to the ease of manipulating the outcome of a vote that is counted digitally. I have heard the opinion that every computer-implemented voting ...