MSE Research Project Database

Electronic voting for Australian elections

Project Leader: Vanessa Teague
Student: Kim Ramchen
Collaborators: Josh Benaloh (Microsoft Research) Richard Buckland (University of New South Wales) Craig Burton (Victorian Electoral Commission) James Heather (University of Surrey) Peter Ryan (University of Luxembourg) Roland Wen (University of New South Wales)
Primary Contact: Vanessa Teague (
Keywords: computer security; Internet; Internet technologies
Disciplines: Computing and Information Systems
Domains: Networks and data in society

Voting by computer sounds like a great step forward for convenience and accessibility.  Everyone knows that computers are good at adding up lots of numbers quickly and accurately, so what could possibly go wrong?  In fact, achieving adequate security for voting is extremely challenging, because voting has special security requirements:

Verifiability: Everyone should get good evidence that the system got the right answer.

Privacy: it should be very difficult to find out how someone voted, or even to prove how you voted.  This should be true even for the Electoral Commission.

This project uses advanced cryptography to design extremely secure computerised voting systems that achieve good privacy and transparency, even compared to pencil-and-paper systems.

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