Elections B.C. has appointed five people to its independent panel on Internet voting.
Chief electoral officer Keith Archer will chair the panel, which will study the opportunities and challenges presented by the potential introduction of online voting for provincial or local elections in B.C.
The other panels members are Konstantin Beznosov, associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia; Lee-Ann Crane, chief administrative officer for the East Kootenay Regional District; Valerie King, professor in the department of computer science at the University of Victoria; and George Morfitt, former auditor general of B.C.
“All panel members have a high level of independence and judgment which is essential as they consider technology, cryptography, Internet security policy, and electoral administration,” Archer said in a news release today (September 10). “I look forward to the expertise they bring and their participation on this panel.”
In August, Attorney General Shirley Bond asked Elections B.C. to convene the panel.
In a November 2011 report, Archer suggested B.C. legislators "consider providing greater flexibility to the Chief Electoral Officer to introduce, on a pilot basis, a variety of new voting technologies".
Elections B.C. had previously issued a discussion paper on Internet voting in August 2011.
That paper poses a number of questions to B.C. policy makers, including the following:
• How can transparency and verification be built into an Internet voting system to ensure public trust in outcomes?
• Would Internet voting be an additional channel layered on top of existing opportunities; would it replace one or more existing voting opportunities?
• When during the election period would Internet voting be made available?
• What would happen if fraud was detected on a large scale?
• How would the system guard against multiple voting across various voting opportunities?
• How would the system be structured to ensure separation between voter identity and voted ballots?
• What methods would be used to provide end-to-end verifiability without sacrificing voter privacy?
• How would an Internet voting system be observed?
• How would the system be independently audited?