Re: My proposal for Minimal E-Voting Standards

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 12:09:24 CDT

On Apr 25, 2005, at 12:50 PM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:
> I'm glad everyone is paying attention. How do all of you propose to
> deal with issue of 'voter integrity'?
> If we don't deal with this issue, we might as well just close up shop

I'd much rather close up shop than let OVC advocate biometric voter ID
cards. Well, actually, it's more like, I'd spend every moment of my
waking life working to prevent such an sacrifice of liberty, not
passively "close up."

This is a non-issue posing as an excuse for totalitarianism (as are
most such steps; voter fraud as a Reichstag fire for our times).
There's really nothing broken here.

The way it works here in sleepy Massachusetts is *exactly* right:

* I register to vote (perhaps via motor-voter);
* I go to my local polling place with no ID of any sort;
* I announce that I am 'David Mertz' of '99 2nd St';
* If it's a primary, I tell them that I am unaffiliated, but wish to
make a same-day change to Democrat/Republican/Green[*];
* They give me a ballot;
* I go to the voting booth, and make some marks on a piece of paper[**]

Everything works fine.

[*] OK, other states have different party-affiliation rules; but adjust
accordingly. Btw. here in the great Commonwealth, on my way out of the
polling place I fill out a form that says I want to change back to
"unaffiliated." I'm never a Democrat, Republican, Green, etc. for more
than a day at a time; though I've been each for a day, at times :-).
No slight meant to the Libertarians or other parties, they just haven't
had anything on my primary ballot so far.

[**] Under the OVC system, substitute: "press some buttons on an LCD in
order to make marks on a piece of paper." If I go blind, it will be
"put on headphones, then press some buttons..."

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