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Using Prêt à Voter in Victoria State Elections
Craig Burton, Victorian Electoral Commission; Chris Culnane and James Heather, University of Surrey; Thea Peacock and Peter Y A Ryan, University of Luxembourg; Steve Schneider, University of Surrey; Vanessa Teague, University of Melbourne; Roland Wen, University of New South Wales; Zhe (Joson) Xia and Sriramkrishnan Srinivasan, University of Surrey
The Prêt à Voter cryptographic voting system was designed to be flexible and to offer voters a familiar and easy voting experience. In this paper we present a case study of our efforts to adapt Prêt à Voter to the idiosyncrasies of elections in the Australian state of Victoria. The general background and desired user experience have previously been described; here we concentrate on the cryptographic protocols for dealing with some unusual aspects of Victorian voting. We explain the problems, present solutions, then analyse their security properties and explain how they tie in to other design decisions. We hope this will be an interesting case study on the application of end-to-end verifiable voting protocols to real elections.
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