E-Voting and Identity

Volume 7187 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 158-173

Feasibility Analysis of Prêt à Voter for German Federal Elections

  • Denise DemirelAffiliated withCenter for Advanced Security Research, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • , Maria HenningAffiliated withProject Group Constitutionally Compatible Technology Design (provet), Universität Kassel
  • , Peter Y. A. RyanAffiliated withInterdisciplinary Centre for Security and Trust, University of Luxembourg
  • , Steve SchneiderAffiliated withUniversity of Surrey
  • , Melanie VolkamerAffiliated withCenter for Advanced Security Research, Technische Universität Darmstadt

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Prêt à Voter is one of the most well-known and most extensively analysed electronic voting systems for polling stations. However, an analysis from a legal point of view has not yet been conducted. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the readiness of Prêt à Voter for legally binding federal elections in Germany. This case is of particular interest as Germany has with the Constitutional Court Decision from 2009 probably the most restrictive requirements on electronic voting in particular regarding the public nature of elections and verifiability respectively. While many aspects are analysed, some remain open for further legal and technical discussions. Thus, a final decision is not yet possible. Aspects analysed are the ballot paper layout, different processes from ballot printing through to the publishing of results, as well as verifiability, and the overall election management.


Verifiable Elections Legal Requirements German Federal Elections Prêt à Voter Election System Design