Re: Brand new concept in audit trails

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 20:16:18 CDT

On May 4, 2005, at 7:31 PM, Ron Crane wrote:
> Basically, if current law on the disclosure of *ballots* would permit
> the carbon procedure, I hesitantly will accept it hesitantly because
> of the minor-party coercion issues I listed earlier. If it requires a
> change in current law, I'm going to have to see much better
> justification for its use than I've seen so far.

FWIW, I feel exactly the same as Ron about this. I am uneasy about
revealing any statistical information on voters that is not legally
required I don't want to try to -advance- a (new) system that creates
new information leakage to partially reduce ballot anonymity. These
channels might include minor party membership, correlation of votes in
different contests, etc. (I bet the local small town sheriff knows
which houses have the Green Party president signs; it doesn't take much
to put the info together while looking at full ballots).

However, if fully correlative cast ballots are currently part of open
records laws--or in those jurisdictions where they are--Jim's ballot
copy system seems to add auditing capability. If the ballots are
accessible legally, there's no reason for that access to be more
difficult or fragile than necessary.

As far as the physical technology goes, I certainly like Jim's current
approach with a perforated sheet of paper (containing identical values
on the two halves) better than messy carbon/NCR paper or dual printers.
  Perhaps the two halves (whether top/bottom or left/right) could
contain some extra distinguishing mark--different watermark/background,
or a stripe somewhere conspicuous on one, or different fonts, or
something like that. That makes it simpler for poll workers to
remember what goes where in the process.

Yours, David...

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