Re: Brand new concept in audit trails

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 18:23:52 CDT

On 5/4/05, Ron Crane <voting@lastland.net> wrote:
> On May 4, 2005, at 2:18 PM, Jim March wrote:
> >
> > Let's be clear: in any state, any county, you can ask for and GET the
> > votes cast in any precinct you care to name. That's current law,
> > current procedure.
>
> Can I get the *ballots* cast in each precinct? Or only the precinct
> totals? If the former, then it would seem that my objection already has
> been overridden.

I think this is the essential problem that makes me, as a privacy
researcher, uneasy.

It's the *correlation* between votes cast (for each contest on a
ballot) being publicly available with little bar to access that is the
problem. That's why I thought that having ballots where each contest
is physically separated (and then shuffled) from all other contests
would eliminate this problem.

I don't know of any system that publishes information on all cast
ballots for polling places (and would love to know of one if anyone
knows one).

(However, I must say, it would be really neat from a statistical point
of view to have this kind of information to see if people who vote
certain ways are more likely to undervote, etc.)

-- 
Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
<http://pobox.com/~joehall/>
blog: <http://pobox.com/~joehall/nqb2/>
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