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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 1339-1364 (September 2014)


Secure National Electronic Voting System*


GHEITH A. ABANDAH, KHALID A. DARABKH, TAWFIQ AMMARI AND OMAR QUNSUL
Computer Engineering Department
The University of Jordan
Amman 11942, Jordan
E-mail: {abandah; k.darabkeh}@ju.edu.jo; {tawfiq.ammari; omar.qunsul}@gmail.com

Electronic voting provides accuracy and efficiency to the electoral processes. World democracies would benefit from a secure e-voting system not only to improve voter participation and trust but also to prevent electoral fraud. However, current e-voting systems are complex and have security weaknesses. In this paper, we describe a secure e-voting system for national and local elections (S-Vote). This system satisfies the important requirements of an e-voting system through state-of-the-art technologies and secure processes. S-Vote relies on homomorphic cryptography, zero-knowledge proofs, biometrics, smartcards, open-source software, and secure computers for securely and efficiently implementing the system processes over the various stages of the electoral process, without relying on online network connections. We outline the main conclusions of the pilot implementations of S-Vote that tested the main technologies and processes used. We also explain how the used technologies and processes achieve the system requirement. In conclusion, we recommend adopting S-Vote for its security, flexibility, economic, and scalability features.

Keywords: computer security, electronic voting, homomorphic encryption, zero-knowledge proofs, smart cards, voting kiosks

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Received August 8, 2013; revised October 20, 2013; accepted January 19, 2014.
Communicated by Hahn-Ming Lee.
* This work was supported in part by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and Systems and Electronic Development Company FZCO (SEDCO).