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Actually, in a paper-based system (barring physical violence and tight control of the media), trust is not required : everything can be verified, challenged, recounted.

It's computer-based systems that rely on trust. It is possible to build trustable IT election systems (that any sufficiently IT-literate person can audit and verify), based on secure open-source programs, but I'm not sure it's ever been done by an actual country. And even then, it requires the vast majority of citizens to trust the experts.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 09:24:31 AM EST
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