Re: Ballot publication problem

From: Marty Schrader <marty_at_parsecsystemsinc_dot_com>
Date: Sun May 22 2005 - 13:24:40 CDT

David Mertz said:
> ANYTHING a voter knows, the people holding a gun to his head know!

Alan Dechert said:
> You cannot publish the ballots. People will sign them. I
> thought we buried that one a long time ago.

Why is this issue "buried?" And why, oh why, are we still talking about criminal
behavior in the context of the election process when the aforementioned criminal
behavior is OUTSIDE of the electoral process altogether? Potential criminal acts
shouldn't affect whether a particular feature has merit. If I drive a
battery-operated Prius there is no chance I can commit a crime by exceeding the
speed limit. My V8-powered Mustang can do so easily. Is this a reason for
restricting my V8?

Or suppose that I would never on my own violate the speed limit law [cough,
ahem]. However, a bank robber needs a rapid getaway and "holds a gun to my head"
to force me to break the law. Is this a valid reason to deny me my V8?

Please, let's examine the pros and cons of election machine features without
throwing a lot of external context at them. If we need to remove or restrict
features because of external considerations then we need to enumerate what those
considerations are. I always use a file of "The Road Not Traveled" with the
projects I work on. The clients find that file just as valuable as the finished
product because it tells them what not to do when developing the next generation
of product or even adding features to this one. The OVC project should be
exactly the same way.

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