Move to North Dakota if you really want a secret ballot, or ....

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 07:50:58 CDT

I contend that revealing your party when you vote in a primary is a
compromise of the right to a secret ballot. Afterall, if you're in a
community that leans strongly one way or the other, there is no clearer
indication that you're leaning the wrong way if you are revealed to be in
the wrong party. Potentially, this could impact your social standing, your
job, your career, your business, or even your health.

In North Dakota, they do not have voter registration. When you vote in a
primary, you get a multi-party ballot and use the column that has your
party's candidates.

While this may not be the main reason they don't have voter registration, it
has the benefit of a true secret ballot.

I think the right to a secret ballot may trump any problems with cross-party
voting in primaries--problems that may be mitigated in various ways.

What do you think?

Alan D.

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