Re: MORE Questions from election officials

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 02:26:02 CDT

At 2:49 AM -0400 5/4/04, james_in_denver wrote:
>Just briefly reviewed the "Chaum" method, what I am thinking of appears
>to be along those lines. What I see/hear as being important is for any
>voter, at any time, to be able to pull out a stub from their ballot,
>enter a code printed on that ballot (hopefully at any internet-browser
>pointing at that particular elections web-site), and be able to review
>their voting record. Doesn't require that each vote be recorded on the
>"receipt". More of a thought that the receipt is actually just a pointer
>to their actual voting results for that particular election? does that
>make sense? or am I further behind the magic 8-ball than I feared?..

Being able to verify (or prove) your ballot outside the polling
places incurs the risks of bribery or intimidation to get people to
vote a certain way. There's a reason we have a secret ballot in
these United States, and receipts taken out of the polling place do
not preserve the secrecy.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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