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Ballot Aggregation

At the conclusion of voting, all of the ballot encryptions are published in the election record together with the proofs that the ballots are well-formed. Additionally, all of the encryptions of each option are homomorphically combined to form an encryption of the total number of times that option was selected. The encryptions \((\alpha_i,\beta_i )\) of each individual option are combined by forming the product

\[ (A,B)=\left(\prod_i \alpha_i\bmod p, \prod_i \beta_i \bmod p\right) \]

This aggregate encryption \((A,B)\), which represents an encryption of the tally of that option, is published in the election record for each option.

Important

An election verifier must confirm for each (non-placeholder) option in each contest in the ballot coding file that the aggregate encryption (A,B) satisfies \(A=\prod_j \alpha_j\) and \(B=\prod_j \beta_j\) where the \((\alpha_j,\beta_j)\) are the corresponding encryptions on all cast ballots in the election record.