Takoma Park, MD just had their municipal election last week using the Scantegrity verifiable voting system. It is the first time that such a system is actually used in a government election. The election has gone well so it’s definitely a great start for verifiable voting systems out there. My contribution to this election was minor, but I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone on the team and hope that the adoption of such voting systems will continue, also motivating us to make them better and better.
PS: Here‘s a good article about this.
Update: Also on Slashdot.
A friend of mine Stefan Popoveniuc, a Romanian Ph.D. student at GWU is part of a team that has been working on a new electronic voting system called Scantegrity for several years now. The system can be used in a similar way to current paper ballot systems (i.e. making a mark of your vote on a printed ballot), while at the same time allowing the voter to check that their vote was properly counted after the election, simply by going to a website and putting in a code. Because of the way the system is designed to use encryption, the vote remains anonymous. Only the person that voted can check their own vote because they are the only ones that know that code stands for on their ballot.
The system is getting more and more recognition in the past months and I am happy to see that news has also reached TVs at home ( TVR video here ). My sincere thanks to Mihai Melinescu for his efforts to come down and record this material during the extremely busy election day!
If you want to find out more about the system, please visit Scantegrity.