Re: My proposal for Minimal E-Voting Standards

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 11:00:05 CDT

>> My personal solution is free, biometric ID's complying with national
>> standards. If this is a National- ID system, so be it. We've
>> already all got social security numbers and privacy is a quaint 19th
>> century concept.

> I could not disagree more. Government exists for our betterment, not
> us for its. Therefore government must be transparent to its citizens,
> but not citizens to their government.

One more chiming in: I would not for one microsecond support any voting
system that helped further erode personal privacy in any way. Things
are awful enough already in this regard that I'm horrified at a
suggestion to give up a little liberty for some minor convenience in
voting (even if there were such convenience, which there isn't).

I like the Ben Franklin line: A People Who Would Sacrifice Liberty for
Security Will Lose Both, and Deserve Neither.

(except that I really want my liberty and privacy, no matter how stupid
or undeserving Americans as a whole might have become).

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