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Anonymous Voting

I just read a summary of a story on ATC titled Karzai Rivals Dispute Afghan Election. Here's a thought on anonymous voting.

The question is: how do you ensure integrity of an election while permitting anonymity? This may seem like a simple question, but after thinking about how to hold an election over a computer network, i see it's not trivial.

At first you may think to register each voter, and check off their name as they vote. Besides being identified, it's hard to do this for an entire country that doesn't yet have a registry.

Their solution is to stamp the person as he or she votes. Supposedly the stamp will last for days. This will allow anonymous voting. It will also limit a person to voting at most once.


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