Re: Reduced Paper Ballot -- RPB

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jun 18 2004 - 12:03:23 CDT

Isn't this a problem?

That is, ballots will not all appear similar... and there is an
opportunity to distinguish between certain ballots based on who they
voted for.

For example, someone who votes for all the contests in an election
will have a very different-looking ballot than someone who only votes
for one office or ballot measure. This is another way to mark ballots
or to compromise the secrecy of a ballot. Doesn't it seem like a
better idea to design so that all the ballots look similar or
reasonably close to being similar? That is, shouldn't all the
contests in an election be printed on the ballot? (This would make
manual recounting and/or any non-English ballot overlay a pain in the
rear as the given race being recounted will appear in different places
in different ballots... you couldn't use overlays in this case (not
that they'd be easy or desirable to implement in the first place! I
like the look-up/cheet sheet idea...) and manual recounting would be
made more difficult)

Of course, you could have already addressed these concerns somewhere
before I joined the discussion.


On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 09:50:17 -0700, Alan Dechert
<> wrote:
> Joe,
> > Could you define for us what a "reduced paper ballot" is? That is,
> > what would be your legal definition of such a thing? -Joe
> >
> Minimally, it's "a ballot that only contains the selections made by the
> voter--not all the possible choices." We could go into more detail, but I'm
> not sure we need to do that or should do that.
> Alan

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
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