It consists of a command-line tool and a web server. Both use the same backend and can be used to organize elections and perform verifications. They employ messages formatted in a common format, a specification of which is available in doc/specification.tex.
Compilation instructions are provided in INSTALL.md.
An election involves several roles: an administrator, a credential authority, trustees and voters. For maximum security, each of these roles must be performed by a different entity. An election can be summarized as follows:
- The administrator initiates the process.
- The credential authority generates one credential per voter; he sends the private part to each voter and all public parts to the administrator.
- Each trustee generates a keypair and sends his/her public key to the administrator.
- The administrator collects all public credentials and trustees' public keys and sets up the election.
- The administrator opens the election.
- Each voter votes; the administrator collects, checks and publishes all the ballots.
- The administrator closes the election.
- Trustees collectively decrypt the result.
- The administrator announces the result of the election.
The command-line tool
Each step can be performed with the help of the command-line tool. The tool is also the most convenient way to exercise the verifiability capabilities of the system.
More information in doc/tool.md.
The web server
The whole process can be executed using the web server. Each step can be done with a browser. In this case, the formal "administrator" role above is typically shared between the server and a human operator. The server can also assume the roles of credential authority and trustee. Therefore, in its simplest (and weakest) form, an election involves only an operator henceforth called "election administrator" (usually distinct from the person who sets up and administrates the server itself) and voters. In its strongest form, an election involves the election administrator, a credential authority, (at least) two trustees and voters.
More information in doc/web.md.
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