[Members] cryptographic votes

Nolan Eakins sneakin at semanticgap.com
Tue Nov 29 18:22:51 CST 2005


Jesus Cea wrote:

>Nolan Eakins wrote:
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>>What exactly is this calling for?
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>I was wondering about a cryptographic voting bot. So the votes could be
>secret but each voter could verify that his/her votes is correctly
>accounted. Transparency, that is :)
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I fail to understand what crypto will do other than making votes 
non-anonymous through the voters signing, or if the votes are signed how 
they'll ensure they're counted correctly.

If you want to ensure your votes count, then the best way would probably 
to create a web page with real-time results. Before you vote you could 
check that page, and after you're done voting the votes should be 
updated on the page accordingly. Then you can verify that they were 
increased. It may also need to show the number of people who are in the 
process of voting or some other means in case two people vote for 
someone at the sametime. That would cause the counter to go up by two or 
none instead of up or down by one.

You may also want to email, message, and/or encourage the member to save 
the results after they vote. The only concern would be that knowing the 
results before hand could cause you to change your vote.

Does that address your concern?

- Nolan


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