Re: A question about how votes are cast (protecting against multiplesheets of paper)

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Jan 19 2004 - 01:13:14 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?
This is a key issue. Generally speaking, in order for the voting system to
work, procedures have to be followed by people. There is no escaping this
fact. One-person one-vote will be ensured by people following procedures,
which will be witnessed by others and verified.

One of the important procedures has to do with how the ballot is deposited
in the ballot box. The voter will not shove several ballots into the ballot
box because the voter will not be the one depositing the ballot. The
procedure is #8 in the list of things to be demonstrated at the demo. I've
described this part of it in some detail in response to queries by Arthur
Keller and others

The fact of the matter is that whatever we do at the demo will still raise
some questions. The best way of doing this will be established by thorough
testing while developing the production system. For the demo, we just need
to show that we are aware of this potential problem and we have procedures
that make ballot stuffing very unlikely in the first place and impossible to
do without detection.

Alan D.
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