[extropy-chat] [psl at acm.org: ACTION ALERT: Blackwell purgedOhio Voter Rolls Oct 1st.- Vote Early!]

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Sat Oct 21 07:30:14 UTC 2006

spike wrote:
> Voting place, barrel of unique random numbered tickets, you choose one.
> They give you the magnetic card that records your vote, you insert your
> card, enter your number off the ticket, no one knows who got what number so
> the vote is secret, you do the touch-screen thing, machine creates a receipt
> with a printed bar code registering your choices, not human readable so you
> still maintain secrecy.  The day after the elections, a website with an
> enormous excel spreadsheet, records of every ticket number with how that
> ticket voted, still completely secret if you kept your ticket number to
> yourself.  You verify the vote is recorded the way you thought you voted.
> If not, go to the news people with your ticket and your voting receipt.
> Then see if all the erroneous votes are for the same guy or proposition.

An additional problem is that false-positive votes can be added to the 
system.  Messick's system permits false-negative votes, too.

I'm sure this problem has been studied by cryptanalysts - I dimly recall 
hearing about some clever system involving blinded signatures.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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