Re: Brand new concept in audit trails

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 16:10:53 CDT

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.

Hmmmm. Yeah, but we already make the votes-by-precinct a public record
so we're not having any effect on that issue.

I would argue that the privacy rights of the minority party folks don't
outweight the public's right to fair elections with oversight.

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