November 12, 2009 By News Report
A new cryptographic voting system pioneered by MIT was implemented in Takoma Park, Md., earlier this month. The system, called Scantegrity II, works with optical-scan ballots and technology. The voter marks his or her ballot, and notes the code numbers revealed as the bubble is filled in. After the election, voters can log in to the city's election site, enter the serial number of the ballot and check the codes of their selections against the candidate codes to ensure their votes were tallied correctly. According to MIT, any attempts to tamper with the vote are easily detected. See more detail here as to how the system works.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.