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

From: Arnold Urken <aurken_at_stevens_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 08:12:16 CDT

Alan,

The compromise of secrecy in many states includes the practice of
selling party registration information (name and address) to political
parties for use in marketing. I am not sure how widespread it is, but in
New Jersey, this practice has stood up to court challenges.

Arnie

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[mailto:owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net] On Behalf Of Alan
Dechert
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 8:51 AM
To: voting-project@lists.sonic.net
Subject: [voting-project] Move to North Dakota if you really want a
secret ballot, or ....

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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