Re: Initializing the voter cycle and disabilities

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 14:27:34 CDT

> My solution for primaries, although incomplete, is to have the voter
> not declare to the poll workers but instead make a choice on the first
> screen that comes up after initialization of the voting system. 

Nope. Many states have closed primaries. If your not registered with
Party X when you get to the polls, you are not allowed to vote a Party
X ballot.

Actually, even Massachusetts isn't strictly an "open" primary... if you
are "unenrolled" you can change affiliation at the front desk, then
change back to unenrolled at the back desk on your way out. But during
those ten minutes, you are technically, e.g., a Republican (and not
allowed to vote the Democratic ballot). And specifically, if you don't
unenroll before leaving the polling place, you remain affiliated for
the next election.

I think my system with random PINs deals with this fine; but you cannot
simply leave it to voters in private booths to decide.

If I seem shortsighted to you, it is only because I have stood on the
backs of midgets.
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