Why PIN or smartcard is REQUIRED

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 14:40:58 CDT

On May 15, 2004, at 3:17 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:
> I want to make this point clear: This is not the original design that
> I have
> been selling for 3.5 years. I do not agree with it. I think it is
> very bad.
> The design for this system is that the voter goes to the voting
> station with
> no such smartcard or PIN.

I really can't see the original design working, as a matter of
principle. I'd *like* it to be that simple and voter-centric too, but
I believe that is illegal in most jurisdictions.

Here's the scenario I'd like Alan to explain the procedure for, without
the use of any kind of smart/dumb "token" handed out during check-in.
If an explanation exists, I'm happy to endorse it:

Many jurisdictions have different ballots for different voters who vote
at the same polling place. For example, in my county/city, I must vote
in primaries at a specific location, for every party affiliation I
might have.

If I walk into the polling place already registered as a Green, I may
ONLY vote a Green ballot. If I walk in unenrolled, I may switch to
being a Democrat for the day; but I must take explicit action *after*
voting to become unenrolled again (or to change affiliation to, e.g.
Republican). I can take this explicit action at the polling place,
but it's still a separate step. Between the time I walk from the front
desk to the voting machine, I am legally enrolled in one and only one
party, and I may not be legally permitted to vote a different party

So what's the system to conform to Massachusetts rules, absent a
"token" handed out by poll workers? (a token is just something that
contains a secret of sorts, either a PIN-style number/code (could have
letters too), or some electronic numbers held on a physical card). In
the existing system with paper ballots, the poll worker hands me a
particular pre-printed ballot. This works great--but the poll worker
is required to enforce the rules about which ballot I'm allowed to take
to the booth. Giving me a generic choice of ballot would be illegal.
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