A question about how votes are cast (protecting against multiple sheets of paper)

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Sun Jan 18 2004 - 23:31:09 CST

I'm working on some text for the proposed faq and I was thinking about the
act of casting the ballot and the thought occurred to me - Gee, what if
the voter prints several ballots and shoves them all into the ballot
folder?

At the same time I was looking at some of Douglas Jones' really good (and
interesting to read) materials on voting and in one of his papers he
mentions a "the possibility that a voter might deposit a handful of
ballots".

So my quesiton is this: How do we propose to ensure that a ballot folder
contains exactly one sheet of paper?

A second question that I have concerns our use of the word "ballot" - In
the OVC system the ballot is the paper that contains the choices the voter
made. This seems sufficiently dissonant from other uses of the term
"ballot", including that word in the US Constitution, that we may want to
find a differnt, less overloaded word, to act as the noun for the paper
produced by the OVC system????

                --karl--

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