Re: An attempt to sneak Internet voting in via the back door?

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Jun 18 2009 - 13:02:24 CDT

I think Military Voting USING the Internet is a great idea. But I'm
opposed to Military Voting VIA the Internet. What's difference, you
say? I think it is reasonable for a military, overseas, or other
remote voter to go to an Internet website, type in information about
the jurisdiction of the voter, be shown a ballot where the voter
enters his/her selections. The system would download a PDF file,
which would be printed, sealed in an a "universal vote-by-mail
envelope," where the appropriate affirmations and identification and
voter's signature was affixed, and then the ballot and envelope could
be mailed or otherwise delivered to the local jurisdiction for
counting. The ballot would be handled the way provisional ballots
are handled, safely and securely.

These universal vote-by-mail envelopes would be widely available, and
the voter would write the jurisdiction's address on the envelope, and
the website that chooses the correct jurisdiction's ballot could give
the address information to the voter.

Military bases and US embassies could accept ballots up to the time
the *first* polling places close in the US, and the ballots could be
considered on time even if received at the local jurisdiction later
(but within, say, 7 days of the election). These acceptance
locations might or might not be required to check ID. In any event,
it is the local jurisdiction that verifies the voters identity
including signature.

Best regards,

At 10:42 AM -0700 6/18/09, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>I don't think so. This is for service personnel using MILNET at
>military facilities, not the open Internet.
>I think we could offer a solution, using human verification of voter
>ID on the base, electronic vote selection, and remote printing at a
>DoD facility in the US. The hard part, it seems to me, is to get the
>proper ballots for every jurisdiction into one database, and match
>them correctly with military voter registrations back home. This is
>not primarily a technical problem, but a standards and compliance
>problem with registrars of voters and election officials.
>This idea would require serious thought about procedures for
>verification by local or state officials, without disclosing the
>connection between voter and votes. It would also require changes in
>the law, possibly state by state, about military absentee ballots. We
>could provide electronic digital signatures of voter and witness on a
>separate sheet or envelope. This should greatly reduce the current
>problem of incomplete envelope information.
>There are commercial systems that can print a personalized form letter
>and a matching envelope and insert the letters in matching envelopes
>automatically. This might solve a large part of the procedural
>On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 4:52 AM, <> wrote:
> >

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