Re: Military voting

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Wed Mar 28 2007 - 20:20:37 CDT

It is feasible, however, to return both paper ballots and matching electronic ballots back from overseas and military voters. Open Voting Solutions has proposed just such a voting system, using military mail and military communications to return votes from abroad in time for the original count on the day of voting. This system would use Open Source software and off the shelf hardware. Then, the following mailed matching ballots will arrive in time to be used in recounts as needed. The two ballots will reinforce security for each other; it would be extremely difficult to fake each modality in a manner exactly matching the other.

Regardless of one's opinion of any war, we ask young men and women to serve their country at great personal risk. I find it very difficult to say that it does not matter whether those who risk there lives are also effectively deprived of the right to vote. Absentee ballots do not work well in many cases and, if they arrive even the next day after an election, they may not be counted at all. Our system meets the projected and implied requirements expressed in the critique of the SERVE system and allows an electronic version of an overseas soldier's vote to reach the United States on the same day everyone else is voting.

Anyone interested in military and overseas voting is welcome to correspond with me on the topic.

-- Richard Johnson

Barbara Simons <> wrote: There is no secure way to vote via the internet these days, because the
internet itself is so insecure. Several of us did a security assessment
of SERVE, an "experiment" of internet voting that the DoD was planning
for '04. You can find that paper, which is written for the
non-specialist, and a short executive summary at

Although the report was written for SERVE, most of the points are
general and would apply to any internet voting scheme.


Michelle Gabriel wrote:
> Can someone point me to some websites/studies about the best, most
> secure method for military voting? I understand there isa provision in
> the Holt Bill about military and overseas voting that some have
> objections to. What is the best way to do this?
> If I could get some info on this in the next 24 hours it would be much
> appreciated.
> Could you please pass this request on to any other lists you have that
> might have this information?
> Thanks,
> Michelle
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