Asking the Right Questions About Electronic Voting

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Overview

Many election officials look to electronic voting systems as a means for improving their ability to more effectively conduct and administer elections. At the same time, many information technologists and activists have raised important concerns regarding the security of such systems. Policy makers are caught in the midst of a controversy with both political and technological overtones. The public debate about electronic voting is characterized by a great deal of emotion and rhetoric.

Asking the Right Questions About Electronic Voting describes the important questions and issues that election officials, policy makers, and informed citizens should ask about the use of computers and information technology in the electoral process--focusing the debate on technical and policy issues that need resolving. The report finds that while electronic voting systems have improved, federal and state governments have not made the commitment necessary for e-voting to be widely used in future elections. More funding, research, and public education are required if e-voting is to become viable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309100243
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2006
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Executive Summary     1
The Electoral System     17
The Electoral Process     17
Scale of the Electoral System     24
Observations     25
Public Confidence in Elections     29
The Relationship Between Democracy and Elections     29
Legitimacy in a Democracy     29
Desiderata for Elections     32
Voting Technologies     34
Introduction     34
Electronic Voting Systems in Use Today     37
The Larger Context     42
Technology Issues     45
Information Technology for Voter Registration     45
Information Technology for Voting     54
Approaching the Acquisition Process     55
Security     57
Usability and Human Factors Engineering     82
Reconciling Security and Usability     95
Life-Cycle and Training Issues     96
The Life Cycle for Information Technology Systems     96
Poll Worker Training     100
The Broader Context of Electronic Voting     106
The End-to-End Nature of the Electoral Process     106
Data Issues     107
Public Confidence in Elections     108
Testing, Certification, and Evaluation     110
Funding and Sustaining Improvement     114
Election Institutions     118
The Role of the Private Sector in Election Administration     120
Research Questions     122
Findings and Conclusions     130
Appendixes
Glossary     137
Committee and Staff Biographies     139
Contributors to the Study     144
What Is CSTB?     147
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