Re: "E-Vote: Vote Center Concept Proposed for Indiana, " Gov-Tech. Ed's occasional clipping service.

From: <dr-jekyll_at_att_dot_net>
Date: Thu Mar 20 2008 - 01:40:49 CDT

This is really sad. The precinct, while not perfect, offers some security. This looks like a deliberate attempt to increase election fraud in many ways. Hopefully, Congress will use its powers under Article I, Sections 4 and 5 of the US Constitution (and explained further in Federalist Paper #59) to outlaw these in elections where there are candidates for federal offices. That would be a wake-up call not to use them in state or local elctions as well.

Not that this is the only fraud that would be aided by such a bill, but having voting equipment at kiosks all over can really increase the vote selling frauds. The person paying for the vote can walk up to the kiosk along with the person selling his vote to ensure the fraudulent vote is delivered as paid for.

Nor yet, O Freedom! close thy lids 
in slumber for thine enemy never 
sleeps. -- The Antiquity of 
Freedom By William Cullen Bryant
-------------- Original message from "Ed Kennedy" <>: -------------- 
What do folks think about this?
E-Vote: Vote Center Concept Proposed for Indiana
Mar 14, 2008, By Wayne Hanson 
The Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday moved forward on Senate Bill 235 which would allow local government to choose Vote Center elections over precinct-based elections. 
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is proposing that local governments choose Vote Center elections over precinct-based elections. 
"The Vote Center concept" said Rokita's office in a release, "permits the county to place voting booths at any location in the county, allowing voters to vote the way they live while choosing to cast a ballot at the center most convenient for them. 
"Paper poll books inhibited flexibility in the voting process," continued the release, "and would be replaced by an electronic poll book; this book would be connected to the vote center with secure technology, permitting immediate updates to the list and preventing voters from voting at multiple locations."
Last year, Rokita's office assisted Wayne and Tippecanoe counties to test a Vote Center pilot. "Vote Center elections cost less," said the release, "improved the integrity of the election process, made voting convenient, and kept local officials in control of local elections." The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University conducted a study of voters' experiences at Vote Centers during the Municipal Election in November and according to Rokita's office, found that they overwhelmingly supported the Vote Centers concept.
Rokita says the advantages of the Vote Center concept include the following:
Taxpayer savings -- Vote Centers allows the county to serve more voters with fewer resources. Election administrators can move from inadequate polling places to bigger and more convenient facilities, accommodating larger numbers of voters in centralized locations while significantly reducing the number of polling places needed. Fewer polling places translate into fewer machines and fewer paid poll workers. 
Improving Election Integrity -- Imperative to the success of Vote Centers is a direct, secured connection between the county's voter registration records and electronic poll books stored at county election board offices. The electronic poll book is updated in real-time and allows election officials to ensure that each person votes only once. This electronic safeguard improves the security of elections and instills voter confidence. 
Voting Convenience -- Counties have used the precinct-based voting system since before Abraham Lincoln served as president and while it was efficient at the time, the system is no longer the best way to administer elections in some jurisdictions. By offering the option of voting at the location most convenient for individuals, Vote Centers can be strategically and centrally located. Centers can be established in high-traffic, accessible locations, with preference given to locations along public transit lines, such as libraries, shopping malls, senior centers, grocery stores and public office buildings. The Vote Centers concept offers a sound method for modernizing our time-tested practice of voting in the communities where we live and work. 
Local Control -- The current Vote Centers initiative protects the ability of local county election boards to make election administration decisions based on what works best for their communities with a unanimous, bipartisan vote. Because the Vote Centers concept is not a one size fits all solution to election administration in each of Indiana's 92 counties but can be adapted to a particular county's size and voter make-up, it provides more flexibility and the ability to reduce the expense of administering elections.
Senate Bill 235 would allow all counties to choose the Vote Center option for elections. 
Edmund R. Kennedy, PE
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