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

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 11:32:10 CDT

I think that the right of the members of a political party to
organize outweighs the right to privacy here. In California and in
many states, a person with a bona fide political purpose can get a
list of registered voters marked by party.

As you may know, the issue of open vs. closed primary is very much an
unsettled issue here is California, with various laws and initiatives
taking us in different directions. The systems we build should
support whatever the jurisdiction decides. As this is really a
political question orthogonal to the voting machine issue, I think we
should not take a position one way or another.

Best regards,

At 5:50 AM -0700 8/5/04, 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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