Creating Trustworthy Electronic Voting

Making the public trust the e-voting system is hard and can’t be done overtime. System developers and administrators should cross an extra mile and the government should do more effort to support e-voting systems if they are serious of implementing it. With all the problems and issues listed in our study, the author still believes that there is still light for an honest election through the use of e-voting.

This section shall discuss the different things that we can do to solve the problems and issues that e-voting systems has hoping that in the future, developers will create a system that can survive all the possible attacks that it will take and still generate the most honest election result free from any negative public or political interest. Turnarounds Security and delivery of good quality e-voting system is dependent on: • The type of voting technology used – The government or particularly the people who shall implement the system should have enough knowledge to know the kind of technology that will be used in e-voting.

Technical people like system administrators, engineers and programmers should be the first one to consult in this area. There should be enough documentation and study regarding the system’s hardware and software requirements to see if the e-voting system can cater the overall demand of the voting process. Also, through planning and studies, the management can estimate and have a bird’s eye view over the projected implementation so they can see if the technology they will be using is good nor not. Observing this can avoid possible errors during the election proper.

• The commercial vendor supplied security checks. – Like any manner of purchasing, it is wise for the Commission of Election officers to know the background of the company who creates and produce the e-voting product first before purchasing it. There should be enough background checking on the company’s business profile and there should also be some series of interviews and tests to confirm the integrity and strength of the vendor in terms of system implementation, customer support, maintenance and skills in making the system run smoothly.

Also, the Commission of Election should test the vendor on how well they can handle pressure, confidentiality and honesty regarding vote handling since that it is one of the most crucial part of election process. If it is proven that the company has integrity and honesty towards helping the country or a community have a clean and honest election, only then the people can be assured that the system that they are going to implement came from people who they can trust their vote with. • The location from where the voting technology is offered – Location is very important in e-voting.

Like any system, its performance is also based on the place where the system is going to be implemented. Planning should have a good focus on where to install the system, the servers, computers and the election posts. The Commission of Election should also study the kind of weather during elections. Rain or any disturbance in the weather can result to temporary power failure which can result to more serious troubles in the end like hardware or software problems. • Whether or not voting is offered through multiple channels at the same time.

– It is very crucial for any system to have multiple channels or multiple places running the same system at the same time. This setting is prone for hackers and attackers. Because of this, it is very necessary to know the limitation of the e-voting system if it can support multi channels at the same time or not. System administrators should know the flexibility of the system before they can have the decision to make it available in different areas of their community. However, there should be enough security measures to be implemented to insure proper performance of the system.

• The existing legislation surrounding an election – The kind of e-voting system should also abide the laws that is being implemented in the place where it is going to be installed. e-Voting systems are expected to help the people better so it is likely anticipated that it will also follow to the requirements of the different laws of their location. During programming planning and creation of the program, it is advisable that the programmers and system analyst should have a study concerning the different laws that the people follows so that the system would also follow the kind of laws or regulations that they observe.

• The usability of the e-voting system (Xenakis, Macintosh 200) – It is a nature of every system to be as flexible as it can be to give assistance and help to human. However, this flexibility is also limited as to how it was programmed and made by the vendor and the way it execute according to the requirement of the Commission of Election to serve during the election. The management or the people who shall implement the system should know the areas of how far can the e-voting system can go to assist humans in the election.

Through this, the management or administrators can maximize the use of the system to its full capacity to serve. This can also give back the value of the money being invested in the system. Furthermore, it is advisable to use the system to the fullest because it is not advisable to reuse the same version of e-voting system from one election to another election after some years it was purchased because technology changes fast and old systems will be prone from attackers.