Building a More Secure Electronic Voting System

Computer scientists design an encrypted voting system to safeguard the integrity of elections.

Three years ago, Dana DeBeauvoir, a county clerk in Austin, Texas, had a problem. Soon she’d have to replace the aging voting machines her county had bought eight years earlier. Congress had ponied up the money for those machines, driven by the hanging chad debacle in Florida’s 2000 election. But this time, the feds weren’t coughing up any cash.  Even if she had the money, though, she didn’t like her choices. Computer scientists had been sounding alarms about t...

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