Re: What is voter anonymity?

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 15:34:20 CDT

David,

> If a given type of disclosure (say, with certain types of
> voter-identity redaction) is ILLEGAL, we must rule it out as an a
> priori design principle. If that disclosure is legal (and ethical), we
> can go into more detail in our consideration of whether that disclosure
> would aid transparency, security, and/or outside political purposes
> (e.g. aiding political scientists who perform academic studies of
> voting trends).
>
I see great benefits to disclosure. The strongest case against disclosure
was brought out by Doug Jones: Someone could "sign" their ballot with, for
example, an add combination of yes/no votes to don't care judicial retention
(or other) ballot items--thus providing proof to a vote buyer that a vote
was cast as desired.

I'm not sure how strong that case is with picture cell phones and tiny
camcorders widely available. It seems to me that other stronger ways to
discourage vote buying need to be in place.

I may someday advocate disclosure (I have before but dropped it) but that's
not a battle I want to take on now. I had a boss that used to say, "Never
hang yourself on a small cross."

Alan D.
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