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Re: Larry Wall for President! (or at least voting systems in Perl...)

by htoug (Deacon)
on Nov 03, 2004 at 13:50 UTC ( #404891=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Larry Wall for President! (or at least voting systems in Perl...)

Bruce Schneier has described a method in one of his books (can't remember which , but read most of them - it's worth your while if you are interested in thing relating to computer security), by which it is possible to conduct a secure, secret and verifiable ballot. It's possible to see who has voted, and to sum the votes for each candidate, and each voter can verify that his/her vote is correct, but noone can discover what each voter voted.

IMHO one of the problems is not just the ballot counting, but the voter registration - I'm still amazed that the US does'nt have an upto date registry over the inhabitants their whereabouts etc. so a complete list of voters easily (and without the almost neverending legal squabbles) can be produced.

But none of this refers to perl in any way.

Update: Just remembered! I think that it's in Beyond Fear. The covernotes include: Will computerized voting machines make election results more accurate?

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Re: Larry Wall for President! (or at least voting systems in Perl...)
by Raad (Acolyte) on Nov 05, 2004 at 14:27 UTC
    There is an excellent article Guru Lincoln D Stein on this in TPJ issue #20: Secure Internet Voting with Perl written after the 2000 Elections.

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