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Part: V PRIVACY AND THE FUTURE > INTERNET VOTING: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME…YET

Chapter 16. INTERNET VOTING: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME…YET

Good elections, at least in the United States, depend on four things:

  • Authenticated, eligible, enfranchised voters— Usually achieved by voter registration and enabling everyone who is eligible and able to do so to vote

  • Anonymity of the ballot— So that no one knows which candidate we supported

  • Auditability of the election— A process for checking that the reported counts were accurate

  • Accountability of the process— Guarantees that votes were not purchased or sold, that dead people did not vote, that the tallying process was accurate, that all the votes were counted, and that the appropriate checks and balances were present in the election itself


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