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Accuracy: the fundamental requirement for voting systems

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posted on 24.08.2011, 09:23 authored by Tim Storer, Russell LockRussell Lock
There have been several attempts to develop a comprehensive account of the requirements for voting systems, particularly for public elections. Typically, these approaches identify a number of “high level” principals which are then refined either into more detailed statements or more formal constructs. Unfortunately, these approaches do not acknowledge the complexity and diversity of the contexts in which voting takes place. This paper takes a different approach by arguing that the only requirement for a voting system is that it is accurate. More detailed requirements can then be derived from this high level requirement for the particular context in which the system is implemented and deployed. A general, formal high level model for voting systems and their context is proposed. Several related definitions of accuracy for voting systems are then developed, illustrating how the term “accuracy” is in interpreted in different contexts. Finally, a context based requirement for voting system privacy is investigated as an example of deriving a subsidiary requirement from the high level requirement for accuracy.

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STORER, T. and LOCK, R., 2009. Accuracy: the fundamental requirement for voting systems. IN: Availability, reliability and security international conference (ARES 2009), Fukuoka, Japan, 16-19 March, pp. 374 - 379.

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2009

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9781424435722

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