Re: Concerns about the election process
- From: Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>
- To: Gabriel Burt <gabriel burt gmail com>
- Cc: Ryan Lortie <desrt desrt ca>, elections gnome org, foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Concerns about the election process
- Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 21:03:05 -0500
On Sun, 2006-11-26 at 17:30 -0500, Gabriel Burt wrote:
On Sat, 2006-11-25 at 21:40 -0500, Ryan Lortie wrote:
As a voter, how do I know that my "token" isn't just a deterministic
hash of my choices? The people running the election could then easily
just publish my choices along with this token once for every person who
chose the same way that I did.
It was my understanding (and it could certainly be wrong) that the
elections committee was going to publish the tokens and choices in
list form. If that is what they do, then checking for duplicate
tokens is trivial. If everybody verifies their vote is published
accurately, and the results from the published list match the official
results, then it is a fair election.
Very interesting points Ryan makes. Let me give an example from the
results of the election last year:
What he's saying is that, suppose you voted for me, Quim, Federico,
Dave, Bastien, Luis, and Jeff, and were given the anonymous token
0bhnyOzwLJ05jYV2phjusfe0jBYO3HZf. How do you make sure that no one else
who voted for the same seven candidates received the same anonymous
The one attack I can see is making up votes for people who were
registered but didn't vote.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little
Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759
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