Adder: an Internet-based Voting System

Introduction

The Adder voting system is a free and open-source Internet-based electronic voting system which employs strong cryptography.

Adder was built at the University of Connecticut, in the Computer Science & Engineering Department, by members of the CryptoDRM Laboratory.

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Design Goals

The following principles are central to the project:

  1. Transparency: All of the data in the main server database should be accessible to the public. This includes the encrypted votes, public encryption keys, and final totals. The main server database does not store secrets.
  2. Universal Verifiability: Any result obtained by the system should be verifiable by any third party. By inspecting the election transcript, it should be possible to perform a complete audit of any procedure.
  3. Privacy: All voters in an election should be confident that their individual choices will remain hidden. Only the total is made available to the public.
  4. Distributed Trust: Each procedure is "supervised" by multiple authorities, and the final sum cannot be revealed without the cooperation of a given number of authorities. Any attempt to undermine the procedure will require the corruption of a set number of authorities. Authorities and voters may overlap arbitrarily. Thus, it is possible for the voters themselves to ensure trustworthiness.

Acknowledgement

The ADDER project was partly funded by NSF SGER Award 0751095.