Re: Re: What is voter anonymity?

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 16:55:20 CDT

On May 5, 2004, at 5:36 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:
> The Voters' right to a secret ballot must be inviolable. On the other
> hand,
> voters by virtue of free speech, have the right to disclose how they
> voted.

That's right, and suggests a further point. It may well be true that
exit polls already reveal many voting patterns. Surveys might well
show the high correlation between between Prop One and Prop Two votes
in my recent example. But you are not -required- to answer a survey to
cast a vote; answering is entirely voluntary.

Anything OVC discloses about ballots after an election is compelled
upon voters. Trivially, disclosure of vote totals is one such
compelled fact; so we can't simply claim to compel nothing at all. But
there's a different standard about what the state compels the
disclosure of, and what individual voters voluntarily disclose to
surveys.
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