Ballot tear-off

From: Marty Schrader <marty_at_parsecsystemsinc_dot_com>
Date: Thu May 19 2005 - 18:49:26 CDT

Okay. Let me try to explain this thing again.

The ballot form has three parts: the ballot itself, which goes in the ballot
box; and the two parts of the tear-off. The tear-off has a proof of voting
record, which indicates the day of the vote, the precinct, blah blah blah. The
other part of the tear-off has the PGP ID for the ballot. The voter shows the
voting receipt to his boss and keeps the PGP all to his little ol' lonesome. Of
course, somebody who is truly paranoid will memorize the zillion character
(well, 40 or so) PGP and destroy the receipt or hide it in a safe place.

The electronic record of the ballot has the PGP ID and the list of contest votes
cast. That it, Batman.

This does not prevent vote selling. It does, however, provide a traceable
mechanism for making sure that my vote was not only counted but can be recounted
at will.

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