Re: My proposal for Minimal E-Voting Standards

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 14:37:20 CDT


Teresa Hommel

David Mertz wrote:

> 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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