RegisterHere granted patent by European Patent Office for unique method of secure electronic voter authentication
Bellevue, WA and London - July 2, 2003 - RegisterHere, Inc., a leading global supplier of secure electronic voting technology, today announced that the European Patent Office has issued the Company a patent covering secure electronic voter registration, European Patent No. 1224767 for "Method, Article and Apparatus for Registering Registrants, Such as Voter Registrants." This patent applies to 14 European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Sweden.
The patent covers the secure registration and authentication of voters using the digital credentials common to public key cryptography infrastructures such as X.509 in conjunction with live ink signatures, and/or other acceptable authentication and eligibility data, to establish the identity and eligibility of a voter. This process promotes the use of existing public key infrastructure to register voters for both poll site and remote electronic voting. The registration technology also makes allowances for election officials to issue digital credentials to voters where the use of a public key infrastructure may not be present or widespread in use.
By integrating public key cryptography technology into an electronic database of securely registered voters, the process allows for the authentication of digitally signed ballots submitted electronically by voters in the poll site or remotely. The complete patent description and claims are available at http://www.european-patent-office.org.
?Secure voter authentication has been a long-standing hurdle for remote electronic voting and with this patent we are able make significant progress in clearing it,? said C. Andrew Neff, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at RegisterHere. ?This technology combines the strongest cryptographic methods with a level of voter authentication that has long been used for legally binding contracts.?
RegisterHere, inc. is a global software company, delivering advanced e-voting technology to election providers since 1996. RegisterHere offers its partners innovative, secure, reliable, user-friendly e-voting solutions to support the growth of e-enabled elections that maintain privacy and ensure election verification. For more information about RegisterHere, visit the company?s website at http://www.registerhere.net.