Re: Left off the ballot?

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 15 2004 - 15:20:04 CDT

On Apr 15, 2004, at 2:52 PM, David Mertz wrote:

> However, an insider vote buying attack need not rely on this (my prior
> discussion is in the list archive). The most obvious way to arrange a
> tip-off is with a unique write-in vote value. But even if that one is
> masked somehow, ranked-order contests provide a *whole lot* of
> possible options, even without knowing the order in which ranks are
> selected/deselected.

I don't disagree, but there's no point in adding additional channels
of communication between the voter and his customer than those minimally
required to conduct the election.

In counties with long judicial retention ballots, you can use Yes for 1
and No for 0 and encode a long binary number, as your signature, in the
judicial retention ballot.

The write-in channel is blocked in Florida, where they have this bizarre
institution of an authorized list of write-in candidates. The number
of signatures required to become an authorized write-in candidate is
smaller than the number required for getting your name preprinted on
the ballot, but it's illegal to vote for a write-in candidate who didn't
file for authorized status. I found this very strange when I first
encountered it in Florida law, but it does block the write-in-vote as
a voter signature option.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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