23C3 - 1.5

23rd Chaos Communication Congress
Who can you trust?

Ulrich Wiesner
Day 1
Room Saal 1
Start time 18:30
Duration 01:00
ID 1692
Event type Lecture
Track Culture
Language English

Hacking the Electoral Law

How the Ministry of the Interior turns fundamental election principals into their opposite, without even asking the parliament.

Public control and transparency of elections, not trust, are well established principles to prevent electoral fraud in a democracy. With the introduction of voting computers or remote eVoting, this transparency is replaced by procedures which exclude both voters and the public from any control over the election process. Instead, trust in the administration is introduced as a new principle of electoral control. But what might be desirable for an authoritarian regime is inappropriate in a democracy. Using German eVoting regulations as an example, it is discussed how experts in the administration "hack" the electoral system by turning fundamental election principals into their opposite.