Anonymity in voting revisited

Hugo Jonker, Wolter Pieters

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    According to international law, anonymity of the voter is a fundamental precondition for democratic elections. In electronic voting, several aspects of voter anonymity have been identified. In this paper, we re-examine anonymity with respect to voting, and generalise existing notions of anonymity in e-voting. First, we identify and categorise the types of attack that can be a threat to anonymity of the voter, including different types of vote buying and coercion. This analysis leads to a categorisation of anonymity in voting in terms of a) the strength of the anonymity achieved and b) the extent of interaction between voter and attacker. Some of the combinations, including weak and strong receiptfreeness, are formalised in epistemic logic.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationTowards Trustworthy Elections: New Directions in Electronic Voting
    EditorsDavid Chaum, Markus Jakobsson, Ronald L. Rivest, Peter Y.A. Ryan, Josh Benaloh, Miroslaw Kutylowski, Ben Adida
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-12979-7
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    • IR-71661
    • EWI-17971
    • SCS-Cybersecurity
    • METIS-275595

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