Re: Ballot disclosure and vote anonymity/coercion

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sun Dec 14 2003 - 15:20:17 CST

Doug,

> Write-in votes are particularly effective ways of
> revealing your vote because these are always subject to manual
> processing.
>
Always?

I thought that some states don't examine write-ins unless they break some
threshold condition. If the votes are written in on a DRE, it would seem
that manual processing would almost never be needed.

> So, if the OVC scheme has these problems too, it's not a disaster.
>
Right. Some minor issues are inevitable. A perfect system is probably not
possible. But when we're talking about elaborate schemes to sign your
ballot in order to be able to offer proof to someone, consider existing
absentee ballots. All your boss would need is to have you sign the ballot
and hand it to him for mailing!

The present system has absurdly large security holes. We can do orders of
magnitude better.

Alan D.
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