Did you know that one on the most secure documents in the world is right under your nose in almost every store you visit?
The SCRATCH LOTTERY TICKET.
IF somebody could find a way to reveal the numbers under the scratch material, they would be rich! Did you know that hundreds of patents and sophisticated materials guard your state lottery funds, assuring the good causes they contribute to get those funds and not criminals?
Redo Voting has patented a new secure document and the systems needed to apply this same technology to elections. Its power is in its simplicity. No machines. No hacking.
Your elections officials create millions of digital ballot records in several separate files before the election. They use a software tool provided by Redo Social and the source code for this tool is publicly available for ANYONE to review. Our software security is based on peer review. If software is kept secret, it’s not secure. We don’t want you to trust us or anybody to create perfect software. We want you to trust the world’s experts to assure you that what we’re doing is as secure as it is transparent.
Next, our ballots are printed on the very same secure printers used to create lottery tickets. The same ones used by the states Lottery. Fun fact: these secure machines cost 50 MILLION dollars!
The printer then prints a series of unique codes from the file under special scratch materials. These unique codes will be revealed by YOU when you pick up a ballot and scratch it. YOU are the first person to ever see them.
The other files are encrypted by the election officials and kept secure until after the election. The files are secured using the same cryptography used by the government to secure its most classified secrets. Ever heard of “crypto”? It’s just a short version of the word “cryptography”. We’ve constructed our infrastructure in the same way that many understand Blockchain, or “crypto”.
You, the voter, pick up a Secure Ballot at your civic buildings OR at any participating retailer. When you pick up the Secure Ballot, you activate it by letting the official or store clerk scratch and scan one of the hidden codes. This allows us to track that Secure Ballot from the printer to the warehouses to the store to YOU, and only you. You will be personally connected to your ballot, and the chain of custody will remain tied to you, forever more. You can verify that your vote counted and was correctly submitted at anytime in the future just to make sure. You can keep your paper ballot, you can check the record online to verify – it’s up to you.
You then scratch and scan another of the codes, which allows you to enter your personal information in a browser on your pc or phone. The data you enter is NOT saved by us or the state. It is encrypted by your browser using one way encryption. This is a special encryption method called a hash. The hash of your data is sent to the state election system. No election official can access your data.
When the election starts, you then scratch and scan the next of the codes, which allows you to enter your ballot answers in a browser on your pc or phone. The ballot answers you enter are NOT saved by us or the state. It is encrypted by your browser using one way encryption. This is a special encryption method called a hash. The hash of your ballot answers is sent to the state election system. No election official can access your data until after the election ends and is tallied.
When your ready to cast your Secure Ballot, you bring your ballot to your normal polling place and the polling worker will scratch and scan the final code, which allows them to enter State required validation in a browser on their pc or phone and verify your identity. You ballot is then cast immediately upon verification. Notice that your cast ballot has been associated with a specific poll worker and they are accountable for the ballots they verify.
Now let’s get technical for a second. YOUR Secure Ballot can only be activated ONCE. YOU are associated to that Secure Ballot, but nobody can ever know who YOU are from the information on the Secure Ballot. Crazy right? The answers you gave when you cast YOUR ballot also can never be viewed by anybody until the election is over.
When the election ends your election officials will decrypt those files created when the election started. Here’s the fun part. They can make the secrets PUBLIC now. In fact, every activation and every ballot cast can be made public DURING the election. THAT’S transparency and accountability.
Anybody can tally the election. The state, your local and national news channels, even YOU could do it.
So, let’s review.