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Dr Dill Letter to ECI

Dr Dill Letter to ECI

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Letter from Dr. David Dill of Stanford to Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Navin Chawla.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David L. Dill
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Subject: Letter regarding usage of EVMs in India
To: navinchawla@eci.gov.in
Cc: Satya D


Mr. Navin Chawla,

Attached you will find a letter regarding usage of EVMs in India. I look
forward to hearing from you.

cc: Satya Dosapati, Save Indian Democracy Organization

Best Regards,
Dr. David L. Dill
Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305*


Letter from Dr. David Dill of Stanford to Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Navin Chawla.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David L. Dill
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Subject: Letter regarding usage of EVMs in India
To: navinchawla@eci.gov.in
Cc: Satya D


Mr. Navin Chawla,

Attached you will find a letter regarding usage of EVMs in India. I look
forward to hearing from you.

cc: Satya Dosapati, Save Indian Democracy Organization

Best Regards,
Dr. David L. Dill
Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305*


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 Dr. David L. DillProfessor of Computer ScienceStanford UniversityGates Bldg Rm 344Stanford, CA 94305-9030Office: (650) 725-3642Fax: (650) 725-6949dill@cs.stanford.edu February 3, 2010Mr. Navin ChawlaChief Election CommissionerElection Commission of IndiaNirvachan SadanAshoka Road, New Delhi 110001I am writing this letter at the request of Satya Dosapati from the Save Indian DemocracyOrganization with regard to the ongoing debate on the usage of EVMs in India. I am anAmerican computer science professor who has spent significant time over the last six years onpolicy issues in electronic voting. During that time, I have founded two organizations, testifiedbefore the U.S. Senate, and appeared in several nationally distributed news shows anddocumentaries. I would like to share with you some facts and conclusions I have come to duringthat work.An important function of elections is to establish the legitimacy of the elected officials in theeyes of the public. Skeptical, untrusting observers should be able to see that election results arecorrect. It is not sufficient for election results to be accurate; the public must
know
that theresults are accurate. Civil society is damaged if elections are not credible, even when fraudcannot be demonstrated.In traditional elections, paper ballots contribute to election credibility because voters can ensurethat their votes have been properly recorded (when they write them on the ballot), and pollworkers and observers at the polling place can ensure that ballots are not changed, added orremoved after being deposited in the ballot box. In contrast, purely electronic voting machines donot allow voters to verify that their votes have been accurately recorded, and do not allowobservers to witness that the ballots have not been tampered with. Electronic voting machinesprovide no evidence during or after the election to convince a skeptic that the election results areaccurate.It is not clear that this situation would be acceptable even if electronic voting machines could beguaranteed to be accurate and honest. But such assurances are well beyond the current state of computer technology. It is not practical to design fully error-free and reliable computingequipment. More importantly, it is not feasible to prevent malicious changes to the machines'hardware or software. Computers are especially vulnerable to malicious changes by insiders

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