+ Slide 1

Part of a talk delivered to the ITU Workshop on ... issues in E-Government, June 6, 2003, Geneva
by Douglas W. Jones
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Department of Computer Science


Elections in the United States


The Federal Role

The State Role

The County Role

The Election Cycle

A Typical General Election


It is worth noting one important fact immediately:

    The voter's right to a secret ballot is absolute!
    The voter must not be able to prove how he or she voted
    It must be impossible to find out how the voter voted

Some countries have less extreme ballot secrecy rules!