Re: Critical analysis of VoteHere

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sat Dec 13 2003 - 18:21:52 CST

Dennis,

> What if the coercer asks you for your ballot nnumber so he/she can
> check it out personally? The voter would have to find someone else's
> ballot who voted the way the coercer wanted and copied down the ballot
> number. That might be tough. ....
>
No, not tough at all.

> Would voters be able to browse through the ballots?
>
Yes! But only after the ballots have been tabulated and the results posted
at the precinct, and the electronic files transmitted and the paper ballots
sealed.

> If so, it would provide a way for politicos to analyze the ballots by
> cross referencing multiple races in ways never available previously. ...
>
That's right. "Politicos" could do that but so could anyone else.

> Would this be good or bad?
>
Good, I think. The reason I say "good" is that a lot of detailed
information on voting trends is available now -- but for a price. It gives
an advantage to those that can afford to pay for the information. If the
information was freely available, this would reduce the advantage of the
monied interests.

Alan D.
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