Electronic Voting and the Doubts about its Integrity



Machine politics: Electronic voting and the persistent doubts about its integrity
Up Close


'It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting' – British playwright Tom Stoppard, 1972.

In this episode of Up Close, a research talk show from the University of Melbourne, security experts in electronic and internet voting Alex Halderman and Vanessa Teague discuss the challenges of electronic voting.

As our lives become increasingly enmeshed with digital technologies, it is perhaps unsuprising that we now desire to apply modern technology to the complicated problem of elections. But Halderman and Teague argue that electronic voting should be adopted with caution, as it raises significant security and privacy concerns.

In particular, they highlight how electronic voting may be vulnerable to hacking – allowing individuals, from potentially anywhere in the world, to hack into the system to tamper with votes, or to find out how people voted, which would be a serious breach of voters' privacy. 

They conclude that fundamental security questions need to be solved before citizens can place their confidence in electronic voting systems. 


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J Alex Halderman

University of Michigan

Vanessa Teague

University of Melbourne

Published Date
April 10, 2015