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

From: Joel Harris <joel_at_ccpconsultinginc_dot_com>
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 08:08:56 CDT

A bigger problem where I am is people voting where they have no right to
(not citizens, don't live in the district, voting in multiple districts,
etc.). The non-registration would create bedlam.

On the other hand, depending on the state you are in, you declare your
party for primaries at the polls every year (i.e. it is not on your
voter registration). I know that the two states that I have lived in
work this way (Virginia and Indiana). In such a case I like the idea of
declaring in the voting booth which party you are rather than telling
your neighbor which party you are when you know he is the other party
(my experience in our last election) in order to get the appropriate ballot.

But this is a state by state issue! Unless you want to limit the
application of the software you have to allow states to use the product
the way that their laws are, not how you wish them to be.

Joel Harris

Alan Dechert wrote:

>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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