Re: My proposal for Minimal E-Voting Standards

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 11:47:20 CDT

On Apr 25, 2005, at 12:19 PM, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
> It's important to note that it's not just Ed making these kinds of
> suggestions. In fact, one of the most prominent Election Law
> scholars, Richard Hasen:

>> It would then issue voter registration cards with biometric
>> information such as fingerprints, as is done today in Mexico. The
>> nationwide database will eliminate double registrations, assist in
>> quickly identifying voters for purposes of provisional ballots, and
>> help restore faith in the election process. Because the cards would
>> contain biometric information, voters could show up without i.d. at
>> the polls and still have their votes counted.

$5 to the person who has the closest guess on exactly how many
*milliseconds* it would take Alberto Gonzalez, John Negroponte, and
like-minded control-society advocates to reach the conclusion that the
these biometric voting cards would be really handy to use for other
things: immigration/visa control; criminal history identification;
welfare and benefit monitoring; drivers licenses; library cards; credit
card purchases; mortgage applications; medical records; etc. All
information, naturally, tied together in JPoindexter-style master
databases.

Of course, irises, blood DNA, and fingerprints are slightly
inconvenient to quickly identify. Wouldn't it be so much easier to
just use the RFID tags so kindly implanted in children to "prevent
kidnapping (by those nasty child molesters)" as quicker means to
identify people at 5-feet away? (or 50-feet with the right high-tech
parabolic antennas)

I'm creeped out just thinking about the idea, quite honestly.

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