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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 741031, 6 pages
Research Article

Electronic Voting Protocol Using Identity-Based Cryptography

1Sección de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Avenida Santa Ana 1000, San Francisco, Culhuacan, Coyoacan, 04430 México City, DF, Mexico
2Departamento de Matematicas, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, San Rafael Atlixco 186, Vicentina, Iztapalapa, 09340 México City, DF, Mexico

Received 9 February 2015; Revised 4 May 2015; Accepted 6 May 2015

Academic Editor: Ting-Yi Chang

Copyright © 2015 Gina Gallegos-Garcia and Horacio Tapia-Recillas. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Electronic voting protocols proposed to date meet their properties based on Public Key Cryptography (PKC), which offers high flexibility through key agreement protocols and authentication mechanisms. However, when PKC is used, it is necessary to implement Certification Authority (CA) to provide certificates which bind public keys to entities and enable verification of such public key bindings. Consequently, the components of the protocol increase notably. An alternative is to use Identity-Based Encryption (IBE). With this kind of cryptography, it is possible to have all the benefits offered by PKC, without neither the need of certificates nor all the core components of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Considering the aforementioned, in this paper we propose an electronic voting protocol, which meets the privacy and robustness properties by using bilinear maps.