Re: Ballot tear-off

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri May 20 2005 - 00:26:15 CDT

> David Mertz said:
>> Somebody expecting to meet the big guys with the brass knuckles when
>> they get home is not at liberty to destroy a provided receipt.

On May 20, 2005, at 1:16 AM, Marty Schrader wrote:
> The argument that we have to circumvent any possible illegal activity
> after the
> fact is not going to fly. Our concern here is for a transparent and
> verifiable
> voting system. "Big guys with brass knuckles" is a matter best left to
> normal
> law enforcement, not to be addressed by our elect-tronics (you like
> that?) and
> software.

I do like the neologism. But maybe you missed the point here. The
guys with the brass knuckles also say "We demand that you prove you
voted for our preferred candidate."

A voting system both CAN and SHOULD make the answer to that demand: "I
have no way to prove to you how I voted, even if I want to do so." The
OVC design does that. My local paper-and-pencil ballots and the senior
center do that. For all their myriad and serious flaws, even Diebold
DREs do that.

I really, really don't think we should push a system in order to
establish the novel property: "Enables easier vote coercion."

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