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

From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) <"Popkin,>
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 09:32:22 CDT

One of the trickier aspects (as it's been explained to me by people who know
way more about this than I do) is that primaries aren't really a creation of
the states, they're a an internal process of each political party in each
state, so making any change to the process (e.g. all sharing one ballot,
allowing people to vote in primaries without registering with the party)
would require quite a bit of negotiation with all involved parties.

- LP

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Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Move to North Dakota if you really want a
secret ballot, or ....


> 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.
Well, that's not what I mean by "non-registration." I would suggest that
your eligibility to vote be tracked in a statewide database. You'd have two
columns in your record in the file (driver's license, state ID, whatever).
One says "Eligibile to vote" and the other says "voted." You can vote if you
are eligible and you haven't voted. The voted attribute returns to "No"
after the canvass period is finished to an election.

> 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
That's what I mean. You should not have to obtain your ballot a primary
where someone else is seeing in which party you are registered.

> 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.
I agree, although lots of laws need changing, and there is no reason to be
passive about it.

Alan D.

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