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Tell HN: Secure, private, auditable e-voting was a solved problem in 1998
5 points by RyJones on Nov 12, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite
VoteHere.net[0] used cryptography to assure both vote integrity and privacy; for those wanting transparency, the source was on the website. The inventor is Jim Adler[1] and if you read his posts on voting[2] you'll sense his frustration at the state of voting today. It looks like company wound down and the IP was sold in 2009 to Election Trust[3]. Sad that it never took off; VoteHere.net attracted quite a bit of money early on[4] but never caught on.<p>I mention this bit of history because I see a lot of interest in e-voting and the like that consists of wheel re-invention; I suspect if more people knew that the problem was solved, they might sift the ashes to try to build from what remains instead of starting from scratch.<p>Full disclosure: I was a contract tester for a short while for VoteHere.net.<p>[0] http://web.archive.org/web/20070810144336/http://www.votehere.net/default.php [1] http://jimadler.me/ [2] http://jimadler.me/tagged/voting [3] http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2009/02/VoteHeres_technology_purchased_by_Election_Trust_39752752.html [4] http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2005/05/16/newscolumn1.html?page=all

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