Online Voting

Online Voting

When done efficiently and securely, online voting will make voting easier as well as reduce voter fraud. Using the technology of the Trust Stack (omitting the two IoT-specific elements) and with access through its API, TrustCentral has solved the challenge of: (a) authenticating a claim to a particular personal, public identity; and (b) cryptographically associating that identity with a cryptographically-unique online digital presence. The technology is primarily provided through the TrustCentral API and endpoint development kit, however the notarization of identity service will be verified by a qualified Trusted Partner Notarization Service (e.g., an entity with verifying resources, such as a credit bureau or other appropriate capabilities). The Notarization Services will provide the verified user (as associated with that unique digital presence) with a digital identity token that notarizes that user’s claimed and authenticated identity in association with that digital presence.

Voting


ASSOCIATION WITH A VOTING LIST

Upon completion of the individual voter’s identity notarization, that online digital identity can be linked to a specific registered voter profile for subsequent acceptance by a voting authority (such as a voting Registrar) as a registered voter on a voting list. Records of these events may be recorded on a blockchain to reduce future voter fraud.


VOTING

A ballot (certified as official by the digital signature of a voting registrar) can then simply be emailed to (or downloaded by) a registered voter.

The voter then:

  1. Digitally completes ballot
  2. Encrypts the ballot using the public key of the voter registrar (note that the encrypted ballot contains no voter identification)
  3. Completes a separate ballot transmittal which identifies the registered voter
  4. Encrypts the ballot transmittal together with the previously encrypted ballot using the public key of a “ballot box” clerk and then digitally signs that entire encrypted content
  5. The delivery of the vote could: (a) be recorded on a blockchain established for that purpose; (b) simply be emailed to the “ballot box” clerk; or (c) be delivered in another manner
  6. The ballot box clerk receives the vote; verifies the voter’s digital signature on the outer envelope matches that of a registered voter; and notes receipt of the ballot
  7. It is important to note that the ballot box clerk is only able to decrypt outer envelope and cannot decrypt the anonymous ballot itself
  8. The encrypted ballot from the inner envelope is delivered to the voting registrar
  9. The registrar (the only entity that can decrypt it) decrypts the ballot and counts the vote
  10. Each of the digital records of this process can be retained for subsequent audibility verification purposes