Re: Privacy is about 50% of the OVC mission

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 20:14:57 CDT

Secret ballot = less vote selling and voter coercion.
Appropriate multipartisan non-technical citizen observation of every
aspect of election procedure including vote-recording and vote-counting
= democracy.

JamBoi wrote:

>Secret Ballot is vital to real democracy. Its simple: Secret Ballot =
>Democracy
>
>JamBoi
>
>--- David Mertz <voting-project@gnosis.cx> wrote:
>
>
>>"Edmund R. Kennedy" <ekennedyx@yahoo.com> 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.
>>
>>
>
>JamBoi
>
>"Live humbly, laugh often and love unconditionally" (anon)
>http://dailyJam.blogspot.com
>
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