Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2021/1143

Facial Recognition for Remote Electronic Voting Missing Piece of the Puzzle or Yet Another Liability?

Sven Heiberg and Kristjan Krips and Jan Willemson and Priit Vinkel

Abstract: Reliable voter identification is one of the key requirements to guarantee eligibility and uniformity of elections. In a remote setting, this task becomes more complicated compared to voter identification at a physical polling station. In case strong cryptographic mechanisms are not available, biometrics is one of the available alternatives to consider. In this paper, we take a closer look at facial recognition as a possible remote voter identification measure. We cover technical aspects of facial recognition relevant to voting, discuss the main architectural decisions, and analyse some of the remaining open problems, including dispute resolution and privacy issues.

Category / Keywords: applications / voting, biometrics, authentication

Original Publication (in the same form): 4th International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Authorization and Authentication

Date: received 9 Sep 2021

Contact author: kristjan krips at cyber ee, jan willemson at cyber ee

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