Re: Reduced Paper Ballot -- RPB

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jun 18 2004 - 12:08:47 CDT

Joe, I don't see the problem you describe. Maybe my wording threw you off a
bit. All contests would be listed on the RPB and they should appear in the
same place and in the same order. Have you tried our online demo? If no
selection is made, we have the contest listed with "NO PREFERENCE
INDICATED."

Alan

> 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.
>
> Joe
>
> On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 09:50:17 -0700, Alan Dechert
> <alan@openvotingconsortium.org> 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
> http://pobox.com/~joehall/
> blog: http://pobox.com/~joehall/nqb/
>
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