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Ceci n'est pas une urne: On the Internet vote for the Assemblee des Francais de l'etranger

Summary: Ceci n'est pas une urne:
On the Internet vote for the AssemblŽee des Francžais de l'Žetranger
Andrew W. Appel
June 14, 2006, Rocquencourt, France
Executive Summary
On Monday, June 5, 2006, I attended a training session for assesseurs (poll
watchers) of the world-wide Internet election for the AssemblŽee des Francžais
de l'Žetranger. This AssemblŽee will in turn elect 12 members of the French
Senate, so the legitimacy of this election is important even to citizens residing
in France. I observed many things about the process of the election that will
make it impossible for the assesseurs to certify with any confidence that the
election is conducted accurately and without fraud.
In a normal French polling place (bureau de vote), there are many safe-
guards, and every safeguard is there because in the past, without the safe-
guard, there was cheating in elections. Many countries around the world--
not just France--have experienced cheating in elections, and many countries
have very similar safeguards. Therefore, it is important that the (assesseurs)
can see with their own eyes that the ballot box (urne) is empty at the be-
ginning of the day--because there was ballot-box stuffing in the past. They
can see with their own eyes that the voter enters the voting booth (isoloir)


Source: Appel, Andrew W. - Department of Computer Science, Princeton University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences