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Secret ballots, verifiable votes

“Tech and policy geek” Ben Adida is bringing clarity and control to future elections (Harvard Magazine)

The typical voter experience, as Ben Adida sees it, involves too much trust. “There is a disconnect the moment you drop off your ballot,” says the fellow of Harvard’s Center for Research on Computation and Society and faculty researcher at Harvard Medical School.

After a ballot is cast, voters can only wait for the results to appear on their smart phones, or on the evening news. Whether their own votes have been counted is never known, because they have entrusted a series of poll workers with their ballots. But “In voting, you cannot trust any other party,” says Adida. “And you have to be able to be confident that everyone’s voice has been heard.”

Read the full article in Harvard Magazine

Topics: Computer Science