The proposed voting system (עברית)
The new electronic voting system is being designed and implemented by TEHILA, which is a subdivision within Israel's ministry of finance. TEHILA's original mandate was to develop Israel's government portal. The task of developing the new voting system was assigned to TEHILA by Israel's minister of interior, Meir Shitrit.
TEHILA did not make public any technical paper describing their system. This is despite their repeated promises to be transparent, and to publish technical details and code. Thus, in describing the system, we have to settle for the information that appears in the law proposal.
The system's goals, as declared in the law proposal, are:
[Before the elections]: Each polling station committee has
To the best of our understanding, all the above cards are smart-cards, but we use the names as written in the law proposal. The law proposal is very vague on the way all those smart cards are used.
[Voting process]: The voting process proceeds as follows
[After the election]:
[Security by obscurity]: There are many crucial details that are missing from the above description, but this is all that we were able to reconstruct from the information provided in the law proposal (indeed, we do not think that law proposals were intended to serve as software specification!).
What we do know for sure is that the system is fully software based, and does not have any "physical" component. As we argue here, this is a fundamental conceptual flaw in the design of the system.