An e-voting system for Android Smartphones

  • María de Lourdes López-García Centro Universitario UAEM Zumpango
  • Asdrúbal López-Chau Centro Universitario UAEM Zumpango
  • Javier Silva-Pérez Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN
  • Miguel Ángel León-Chávez Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Keywords: E-voting, digital signatures, bilinear pairing, mobile devices

Abstract

Electoral processes using electronic devices allow voters to cast electronically. Devices such as personal computers, Direct Record Machines (DRE) voting machines, and smartcards, among others, in conjunction with private nets or the Internet have been the main tools to implement electronic voting systems (e-voting). Some years ago, mobile devices had not been considered due to their storage restrictions and low computational power; however, nowadays the technology in these devices has advanced and it is possible to implement complicated applications that offer security services such as confidentiality and authentication. In this paper, a reliable and efficient e-voting system for Android Smartphone is implemented. The e-voting proposed herein is composed of three entities: the authentication server (AS), the voting server (VS) and the voter (V) which runs on an Android Smartphone. Two short messages, between V and AS, are necessary to generate an electronic ballot. In order to cast a vote, one more message containing the ballot is sent from V to VS. Bilinear pairing functions are used to verify the signatures contained in the electronic ballot. Each ballot has short lengths, implying improvements in transmission times. Additionally, considering that the most costly operations such as bilinear pairing are not performed in V, the results obtained in tests show that the e-voting system is efficient.

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Author Biographies

María de Lourdes López-García, Centro Universitario UAEM Zumpango

Departamento de Ingeniería Informática

Asdrúbal López-Chau, Centro Universitario UAEM Zumpango

Departamento de Ingeniería Informática

Javier Silva-Pérez, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN

Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación

Miguel Ángel León-Chávez, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

Profesor Investigador

Departamento Ciencias De La Computación

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Published
2014-04-07
How to Cite
López-García M. de L., López-Chau A., Silva-Pérez J., & León-Chávez M. Ángel. (2014). An e-voting system for Android Smartphones. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (72), 9-19. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ingenieria/article/view/14472