Re: CA SoS's Task Force on Voter Privacy

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Tue Jun 22 2004 - 20:54:04 CDT

This report focuses on the voter file.

This is not a fight I want to take up right now, but this reinforces what I
said at the UCSC forum on OCT 26 of last year: We should eliminate voter
registration.

This function should be included in the states' drivers license/ID file.
Add two attributes to the record:

1) Eligible to vote, T/F
2) Voted, T/F

You get to vote if (1) equals T and (2) equals F. After the canvass period,
the Voted attribute gets re-set to F.

I see no reason to duplicate the other information (address, signature,
etc.), and I see no reason for the government to track political
affiliations of voters. Let the political parties maintain their own member
lists.

A lot of the voter registration/privacy issues would be reduced or
eliminated under this model.

Alan D.

> CA SoS Shelley's "Task Force on Voter Privacy" has released it's
> report... find it here:
>
> http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/voter_privacy_task_force.htm
>
>
> --
> Joseph Lorenzo Hall
> UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
> http://pobox.com/~joehall/
> blog: http://pobox.com/~joehall/nqb/
>
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