Security seals on voting machines: A case study

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Abstract

Tamper-evident seals are used by many states' election officials on voting machines and ballot boxes, either to protect the computer and software from fraudulent modification or to protect paper ballots from fraudulent substitution or stuffing. Physical tamper-indicating seals can usually be easily defeated, given they way they are typically made and used; and the effectiveness of seals depends on the protocol for their application and inspection. The legitimacy of our elections may therefore depend on whether a particular state's use of seals is effective to prevent, deter, or detect election fraud. This paper is a case study of the use of seals on voting machines by the State of New Jersey. I conclude that New Jersey's protocols for the use of tamper-evident seals have been not at all effective. I conclude with a discussion of the more general problem of seals in democratic elections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number18
JournalACM Transactions on Information and System Security
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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