Re: Ballot publication problem

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun May 22 2005 - 11:21:57 CDT

On 5/21/05, Edward Cherlin <cherlin@pacbell.net> wrote:
> My son pointed out to me that if there are more than a few races
> on a ballot, and all of the ballots in an election are
> published, it may be possible to buy votes and coerce voting. It
> is only necessary to require a specific, very unlikely pattern
> of votes from each person, with all votes in one race of
> interest the same, so that individual ballots can be identified.
> Telling people to vote for a random selection of candidates of
> different parties might raise suspicions, of course, but it
> might be possible for the cheaters to avoid this problem using
> non-partisan offices and ballot measures.

And you can imagine an even more efficient way to do this is to ask
them to write-in a candidate like "Whosa Payinme Formyvote". -Joe

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