SmartTeV—Leveraging eVoting with Smart Voting Ballots

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Abstract

Research and commercial approaches on electronic voting (e-Voting) exist and the recently emerged blockchain technology has given this research area yet another boost. However, one may claim that the actual deployment of e-Voting is at its infancy, mainly due to election integrity issues such as vote non-tampering, voter anonymity, and vote verifiability. The integration of cryptography and blockchain technology in a single framework could provide a solid foundation for secure, anonymous and still verifiable electronic voting. The TrustedEVoting (TeV) framework is a blockchain-based eVoting approach, which wraps not only the required key elements for secure and verifiable e-Voting but also additional features such as support for re-voting and post-election vote check, among others. This paper presents a novel feature to be integrated in TeV, the smart voting ballot, that implements a ranked-choice voting by allowing the voter to cast two votes: a primary vote and an alternative vote. The latter one is utilized in the case the primary vote went to an election party that didn’t reach the threshold. In this way, a more flexible voting scheme is available to a voter, mitigating the voter reluctancy to vote for smaller parties. In order to protect the voter’s privacy by not revealing trends/preferences/statistics regarding the two votes, an intelligent mechanism is in place that provides a privacy shield for the alternative votes not being used in the voting tallying.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Distributed Computing XIV
EditorsDavid Camacho, Domenico Rosaci, Giuseppe M. L. Sarné, Mario Versaci
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages385-394
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030966263
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event14th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing, IDC 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 16 Sep 202118 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
Volume1026
ISSN (Print)1860-949X
ISSN (Electronic)1860-9503

Conference

Conference14th International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing, IDC 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period16/09/2118/09/21

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