Hacker-Proof and Economical Elections

Michael Slattery
Aug 2, 2019 · 12 min read

The Solution is in Your Hand

How Many US Citizens Actually Vote?

By November 2020 the population of the United States will be 334 million individuals.(3) More than 80 million of this total will be ineligible to vote because they will be under the age of 18.(4) That puts the total voting population that could register to vote in 2020 at approximately 254 million.

Smart Phones are the Solution

A new Pew Research Center analysis finds 66% of Americans own at least two digital devices — smartphone, desktop or laptop computer, or tablet — and 36% own all three.(7) Currently there are 272 million smart phones in the US,(8) and 190 million smart tablets including iPad and PC tablets.(9)

How Would this Process Work and Why Would it be More Secure?

1) A free smart phone application, the Secure Voting Application (SV App) would be developed and distributed by Your Vote Guaranteed. This application would be available for free to any individual in the US with a smart phone or tablet. This SV App could easily be loaded with any city, county, state or Federal digital ballots. You would open the app and fill out the ballot at your leisure once the ballots are released to be downloaded to the public.

Security is the Primary Concern

Any internet connected digital data stream produces multiple opportunities to gain access and alter the data within the stream, i.e., hack it. The easiest way to eliminate or at least minimize those opportunities is to remove the online component of the process. It is important to include the voter registration databases and records in this exclusion. By incorporating the physical scanning of the QR codes we effectively air-gap(11) the process. By generating a redundant, confirming data process, we have both instantaneous election results and secure conformation of the integrity of these results within 48 hours. In reality this conformation process should only take a couple of hours. In the worst-case scenario, if all these redundant systems failed, everyone would need to have their SV App or hardcopy QR codes scanned again. Not convenient, but an important stopgap guarantee that our elections can be verified at any time, for any reason, by any authorized third party after any election.

iQR CODE to Communicate / Transfer Data

References:

(1) Report on Russian Active Measures, Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 US Election

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