Re: Privacy is about 50% of the OVC mission

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 20:53:58 CDT

Hello David and all:

Please don't confuse personal privacy with voter privacy. Voter privacy has
a very specific reason behind it which is to discourage vote buying and more
importantly voter intimidation. I guess I am a little guilty of drifting
off topic here when I suggest that being comfortable with ones own self and
trying to live a blameless life is the realistic approach to our very real
loss of personal privacy. I'm glad that David admits that privacy is
something of an illusion and I guess I should just leave it at that.

As for Ron, of course a utility bill has a name and address. So what? Such
things are easily faked both in the poll book and in your corresponding
document. Could someone please help me out on explaining to Ron and David
why this is an issue? All I can say is that there has been a long American
tradition of a person or people voting multiple times in different
locations. Part of my problem is that I personally equate 'voter integrity'
with 'voter disenfranchisement' and I'm having to work as the devil's
advocate. Regardless, we've got to get beyond personal ideology on this.

Thanks, Edmund R. Kennedy
Always work for the common good.
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San Diego, CA 92126-2510
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Mertz" <>
To: "Open Voting Consortium discussion list" <>
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 6:12 PM
Subject: [OVC-discuss] Privacy is about 50% of the OVC mission
> "Edmund R. Kennedy" <> wrote:
> |It took many years for me to realize that the only way to deal with
> |this is to try and live my life in a blameless way and to be comfortable
> |with who I am, warts and all.
> I wonder if Ed would be equally happy to give up his right to a secret
> ballot on the same grounds that he has "nothing to hide?"  We could just
> have every voter sign a witnessed affidavit that s/he intended to vote
> for such-and-such candidates to authenticate voters.
> A whole lot of what OVC is about is *protecting privacy* (specifically,
> vote anonymity)... it sure seems strange for an OVC'er to start arguing
> we ought to give up the illusion of privacy, and just do things we don't
> mind people knowing about.
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