IEEE Security & Privacy Special Issue on

Electronic Voting

Abstracts due: 31 July 2016
Articles due to ScholarOne: 1 September 2016
Publication date: May/June 2017
Author guidelines:

Should elections be computerized? A highly mobile electorate and declining postal mail services are straining the conduction of traditional paper-only elections. Yet electronic elections are perhaps the hardest security challenge of all, demanding public evidence of the right outcome from secret individual ballots. Without that evidence, electronic systems jeopardize election integrity and public trust.

Possible solutions include statistical auditing and cryptographic verification. But the practicality of these solutions varies across democracies and depends on whether the intention is for supervised or remote (unsupervised) voting.

This special issue of IEEE Security & Privacy will be devoted to electronic voting's real-world deployments, with a focus on vote privacy and evidence of election integrity. Areas of particular interest include

- lessons from real-world deployments of electronic voting,
- practical deployments of novel techniques for assuring election integrity and vote privacy, and
- security analyses of practical deployments of electronic voting.

Other topics of interest include

- designs of electronic voting systems intended for practical use;
- usability and accessibility; and
- political, commercial, or legal aspects of electronic voting in practice.

We welcome submissions on poll-site or Internet voting as well as on both government and nongovernment elections. All articles should have significant relevance for the future of election conduct.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be subject to the IEEE Computer Society’s peer-review process, and if accepted, to the Computer Society editing process. Articles should be at most 6,000 words, with a maximum of 15 references, and should be understandable to a broad audience of people interested in security, privacy and dependability. The writing style should be down-to-earth, practical, and original. Authors should not assume that the audience will have specialized experience in a particular subfield. All accepted articles will be edited by a staff editor according to the IEEE Computer Society style guide. Submit your papers to Scholar­One at

The technical content may have been published elsewhere, but the submission must include significant new writing to address a wider audience and expand on the context and implications. Case studies or descriptions of practical deployments need not be original research but must be a comprehensive account.


Contact the guest editors: Josh Benaloh (Microsoft Research,, Peter Y.A. Ryan (University of Luxembourg,, Steve Schneider (University of Surrey,, and Vanessa Teague (University of Melbourne,