Re: Brand new concept in audit trails

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 16:10:28 CDT

On May 4, 2005, at 1:22 PM, Cameron L. Spitzer wrote:

>
>> I'd like to hear from privacy experts about the merits or demerits of
>> publishing individual votes (identified only by precinct and ballot
>> type, and perhaps by voting machine). I know that this is an issue
>> that Kelly raised on Sunday's OVC tech (not tek, please) meeting.
>
> It's already an issue for members of the smaller parties. Often there
> is only one Peace & Freedom or Green Party voter in a precinct.
> Party affiliation is public record. If primary results are published
> by precinct, you could tell how the person voted because it's the
> only ballot of that type cast at that precinct. In a general election,
> you could make an educated guess and be right most of the time.

That's a big problem. It's one thing to reduce voting privacy for
everyone, and something else to reduce privacy such that it effects
certain parties or candidates more than others. I think this kills the
carbon-copy scheme, though it still allows for the publication of
precinct totals. The latter is very important, since it permits public
verification of the global tally.

-R

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