I am opposed to the introduction of e-voting into public elections, I am also extremely concerned by e-counting and postal voting. My research on e-voting dates back to 1999, here’s what I’ve written over the years. Also take a look at past blog entries on e-voting
- Estonia: May 2014 Report into Estonia’s e-voting system
Report, video and much more from the independent team I was part of that researched and observed Estonia’s e-voting system.
- UK: May 2007 Election Report [PDF]
Findings of the Open Rights Group Election Observation Mission in Scotland and England. Lead author, for the Open Rights Group.
- Electronic Voting: A Challenge to Democracy? – Briefing Paper [PDF]
A comprehensive briefing of the issues regarding e-voting and e-counting in the UK as the stood in January 2007. Lead author, for the Open Rights Group.
- LEARN: I want to understand the issues
A detailed, non-technical overview of the arguments for and against e-voting produced 2003-4.
Academic Journal Articles
- Security Analysis of the Estonian Internet Voting System (2014) – with J. Alex Halderman, Harri Hursti, Margaret MacAlpine, Travis Finkenauer, Drew Springall. Proceedings of the 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS ’14), November 2014.
- Observing the English and Scottish 2007 e-elections (2008) – with Ian Brown
Paper published in the Hansard Society’s journal Parliamentary Affairs on our experiences observing e-elections. PDF version for those who need it is here.
- Source availability and e-voting: an advocate recants (2004)
Paper published in a special e-voting issue of Communications of the ACM examining source availability and e-voting. If you don’t have access to the ACM Digital Library, the full text version is on this site
- Government and ICT Standards: An Electronic Voting Case Study [PDF] (2004)Paper published in the journal Information, Communication & Ethics in Society examining attempts to standardise e-voting systems and the role government played in these attempts.
- We have the responsibility to stop e-voting
A short column for the British Computer Society on why computer professionals should call a stop to electronic voting.
- US elections 2004: How did the technology do? [PDF] [LinuxUser] (2004)
A fairly short report on e-voting in the US elections.
- Free elections …a change of heart? [PDF] [LinuxUser] (2003)Is the government playing fast and loose with e-voting pilots?
- Furthur down the road… why voting shouldn’t be electronic [PDF] [LinuxUser] (2003)
- A Free Software Odyssey [LinuxUser]
The history of GNU.FREE, the ups and downs of developing Internet Voting software and why we ceased development.
- Standard Deviation [PDF] [LinuxUser]Technology standards for UK government software are vulnerable to the ‘extend and enhance’ policies of suppliers. Illustrated with the example of e-voting and Free Software.
- Electronic Voting Doesn’t Work [BallotBox/Electoral Reform Society] (2003)
An introductory article exploring the problems with e-voting within the context of the evaluation of the 2003 electoral pilots.
- What’s the point of e-voting? [e-government bulletin] (2003)
Following the 2003 pilots why are people still using turnout as an argument for e-voting. With some very simple figures I show how turnout, on average, declined for the e-voting pilots.
- Indistinguishable from magic? [egov monitor] (2003)
A report on the Oxford Union e-voting debate, a recording of which you can listen to here
- Click…um…about here to vote… [on Usabilitynews.com] (2003)
An article exploring some of the usability problems associated with e-voting which can not just make voting hard but actually affect the result.
Response & Analysis
- The uncertain nature of elections to come [PDF] (2003)
Response and analysis to the Electoral Commission’s evaluation of the 2003 electoral pilot schemes and the Government’s own response to the
- Turnout at the 2003 pilots (2003)A brief analysis and reproduction of turnout statistics (from the Election Commission) of the 2003 e-voting pilots.
- OII/OU e-voting debate (2003)
Listen to the Oxford Internet Institute/Oxford Union debate on “This house has confidence in voting via the Internet” hosted on 23rd June 2003.
- Oracle’s specious arguments for e-voting (2003)
Read a column by an Oracle executive and our response to their bizarre arguments as well as Richard Stallman’s comments.
- Why Electronic Voting Software Should be Free Software (2001)
- free-project.org news items
All the news items, links and comments from the free-project.org’s homepage are archived here.
- Handbook: Observing e-voting and e-counting [PDF] (2007)
Lead author, for the Open Rights Group May 2007 election observation.
- Submission to the Irish Commission on Electronic Voting (2004)
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- Response to the Government’s consultation on having an e-voting pilot for the 2004 European elections (2003)Download in [ PDF format ]
- Main Response to UK e-democracy consultation.
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- Additional response to UK e-democracy consultation, electronic voting security report [PDF].Download in [ PDF format ]