Election Security: Perception and Reality

David Evans and Nathanael Paul. IEEE Security and Privacy, January-February 2004.

Voter's trust in elections comes from a combination of the mechanisms and procedures we use to record and tally votes, and their confidence in election officials' competence and honesty. Electronic voting systems pose considerable risks to both the perception and reality of trustworthy elections.

Keywords: electronic voting, security, elections, democracy.

Complete Paper (8 pages) [PDF].

Note this is a pre-publication version of the paper that is slightly different from the version published. This version is posted here to make it freely available for academic purposes, as permitted by copyright law. If you want the final version, or you want to use the paper for some purpose not covered by fair use copyright law, you may purchase it from the IEEE for $19. (We recommend the free version.)