Re: Brand new concept in audit trails

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 22:56:24 CDT

On May 4, 2005, at 11:27 PM, Ed Kennedy wrote:
> I'm not sure I've ever seen a device that slits paper along the lines
> discussed below in my local office supply or computer technology
> store.

Quick web search shows:

   http://store.yahoo.com/data-labels/perpapforina.html

We could get either horizontal or vertical perforation into two
sections:

   http://store.yahoo.com/data-labels/8x11wh24laje5.html
   http://store.yahoo.com/data-labels/bupa4vepe20w.html

If we wanted to follow the idea of Joseph Hall and others for
separating each contest to prevent the ability for later correlation of
votes[*], we could select one of the styles that is perforated into
more than two parts.

I'm not endorsing that particular store, nor have I done price
comparisons. But it doesn't look like this is an unusual or difficult
to obtain paper product.

[*] I think my example about the local sheriff knowing who has Green
Party signs (or Libertarian, etc) in their yard is a good illustration.
  It's not hard to notice the Green prez votes voted against the
sheriff, and provide less police service on that basis.
   Moreover, I think that maintaining each of the vote slips separately
probably fulfills open records laws. All the votes are still retained,
just not their correlation on the same ballot. Ballot formatting would
need to match the perforation lines under this arrangement, but that's
hardly prohibitive (at least assuming "normal" ballots; not those 80
judicial confirmation monsters that we've discussed before).

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