Re: My proposal for Minimal E-Voting Standards

From: JamBoi <jamboi_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 18:54:24 CDT

We at OVC must focus our energy entirely on our specialty, E-Voting and
let others battle it out about the other (important, but non-priority
to OVC) issues elsewhere. When we lobby legislators around the country
and folks like the C/B Commission we must be seen as E-Voting experts
only and not be sucked into issues that we don't have time to debate or
take stands on here.

JamBoi

--- Teresa Hommel <tahommel@earthlink.net> wrote:
> Keep in mind that, given the composition of the Carter/Baker
> Commission,
> only certain points of view were allowed to be heard.
> Teresa Hommel
>
> Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
>
> >On 4/25/05, David Mertz <voting-project@gnosis.cx> wrote:
> >
> >
> >>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).
> >>
> >>
> >
> >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, said essentially the same thing in his
> >testimony in front of the Carter / Baker Commission:
> >
> ><http://www.american.edu/ia/cfer/0418test/hasen.pdf>
> >
> >
> >
> >>[...] I advocate registration reform, in particular universal voter
> registration conducted by the government coupled with a voter
> identification program. Registration issues appear to be the single
> largest subject for election-related litigation. For example, 32 of
> 52 cases on Electionline's 2004 litigation survey involved
> registration issues.
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> >>There has been a wide partisan divide in the election
> administration debate between Democrats who have expressed concern
> about voter suppression and Republicans who have expressed concern
> about voter fraud. The registration reform I advocate can alleviate
> both of those concerns, minimize the potential for and political
> rhetoric regarding voter fraud, and eliminate a great majority of
> potential litigation surrounding presidential election administration
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> >>Under my proposal, the federal government would take on the task of
> voter registration, much like it does in conducting the census, in
> reaching out to register all eligible voters. 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. The cards certainly raise privacy concerns.
> But as I argue in my paper, the incremental privacy costs of the card
> are small compared to the potential gain in voter confidence they
> likely would achieve.
> >>
> >>
> >
> >His paper is available here:
> ><http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=698201> and I
> >certainly don't find his estimation of the trade-off between privacy
> >loss and increased voter confidence to be anywhere near persuasive.
> >
> >Joe
> >
> >
> >
>
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JamBoi

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