Re: 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 - 11:33:47 CDT

Joel,

> >In essence, I am arguing for an opt-out system rather than opt-in. There
is
> >no reason for excluding someone from voting just because they didn't fill
> >out some form. Voter eligibility could be tracked in a statewide
database
> >like the Driver's License or ID file.
> >
> >
> >
> That sounds like it would be a difficult system to maintain. The state
> maintined rolls would have to be matched with the party rolls. As much
> trouble as we have figuring out if someone is actually eligible to vote
> in the precinct that they show up in, I cannot imagine adding three (or
> more) databases into the mix to figure out if you are eligible to vote
> in the x, y or z party primary.
>
Sorry I didn't make that clear. I am not talking about adding databases. I
am suggesting that the "eligible-to-vote attribute" and "voted" attribute be
added to the existing statewide database where DLs and IDs are already kept.
>From the state and county govenment perspective, you'd have one less
database, namely, the voter file.

There are maintenance issues here, and there are maintenance issues with
voter files (except in North Dakota where they don't have them). The main
issue I see with opt-out voting is tracking residence address--especially
when voters move out-of-state.

Alan D.
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