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Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy

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"Electronic Elections summarizes insights [the authors] have gleaned from their extensive experience. The book is meant to instigate scientifically informed election administration. The authors argue for a comparative approach to risk management that considers the costs and benefits of alternative methods. . . . A thoughtful early contribution to a new field of election science."--Walter R. Mebane Jr., Science



"Will the machine lose your vote? Will it be hacked? Political scientists Alvarez and Hall provide a rigorous analysis of electronic voting, and they come down heavily in favor of the benefits of the new technologies, arguing that media coverage has emphasized the problems while downplaying the potential for empowering more citizens to vote."--Michelle Press, Scientific American

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"Recent debates about voting technology and election reform have generated more heat than light, often leading to myopic views of security and premature policy fixes. Alvarez and Hall provide a constructive alternative--a calm, rational, data-tested, risk-based analysis of electronic voting. Their book is a model of how rigorous research can constructively inform public discussion and the policy process."--Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution


"This is a very important book. It will undoubtedly be cited by technologists, legislators, and advocates. The authors, carefully navigating in a politically charged field, present a documented and balanced approach to the question of electronic voting. About 70 percent of eligible Americans vote. Each of them is potentially affected by this book. There has never been a study like this one."--Michael Shamos, Carnegie Mellon University


"This book addresses a timely and important topic in election reform. The conclusions of the authors are that electronic voting systems, when evaluated correctly using risk analysis, pose fewer issues than digital scan or paper balloting systems, but that public debate has been unfortunately sidetracked into issues of fraud. This is one of the first books on this topic."--Paul Gronke, Reed College


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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691125171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691125176
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anders Johnson on March 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you have cause to be informed of issues surrounding present-day voting systems, then this book is certainly worthy of your attention, but you might want to take it with a grain of salt.

It correctly and importantly observes that concerns over the security of electronic voting systems have often caused us to embrace less secure options. In fact, although error and fraud are possible with any system, there is nothing in the data so far to suggest that electronic systems have suffered from a higher incidence of error and fraud than paper-based systems, nor is there reason to believe that the data is skewed. Nonetheless, I completed this book still in agreement with Alvarez's and Hall's critics (David Jefferson, et al.) that given time, attackers will inevitably develop the technology to make electronic voting increasingly vulnerable to undetectable outcome-changing fraud.

Speaking of security, the authors claim that we could effectively solve that problem by addressing secrecy and voter auditability simultaneously. But then, after dropping some tantalizing hints about cryptographic systems which achieve exactly that, such systems are practically excluded from the discussion. (The interested reader should search Wikipedia for "E2E".)

Critics of electronic voting will be disappointed to find that many of their arguments, in particular the argument that citizen involvement can make hand-counted paper ballots a non-black-box system, are not addressed head-on. To understand why such arguments do not withstand scrutiny, we have to turn to other sources[...].

But on the whole, the public would indeed be better served if this debate, which has been framed in terms of ideology and preconceived policy solutions, were instead focused on optimizing performance and risk, as we find here.
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A cogent explanation of the shortcomings of past and present electronic voting systems, with ideas on how to improve matters and why the paper/post systems are not immune from fraud or failure.

Well worth reading by anyone who believes electronic voting is the way forward. Me, for instance: http://ken-grayling.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/democracy.html
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bystroff on November 13, 2010
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This book, purporting to assess the risks of electronic voting technology, has neatly avoided or glossed over the most serious security issues. For example, no mention is made of the demonstrated "back door" hack attacks that succeeded in reprogramming central tabulator machines. The book completely ignored congressional testimony by computer programmer Clint Curtis, who admitted writing software to rig elections. It ignored the body of work produced by Bev Harris & co at Black Box Voting, showing weaknesses in the system from the machines themselves to the chain of custody of the vote to the public access to vote counting. It glossed over the exit poll discrepancies of 2004, incorrectly implying the discrepancies were uncorrelated with the use of electronic voting machines. In fact, the discrepancies were indeed correlated with electronic voting. The book reads like an info-mercial on behalf of Diebold!
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