Re: Ballot publication problem

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun May 22 2005 - 14:31:09 CDT

Marty,

> 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?"
>

Are you serious? If my ballot was published somewhere that I could go and
look at it (online or at county HQ, whatever) I'd probably be delighted to
go look at it. Let's say I don't care about Drain Commissioner, so I write
in Clive Cadiddlehopper IV. When I find a ballot with Clive Cadiddlehopper
IV written in for Drain Commissioner, then I've found my ballot. I'd like
to do that just for fun to see my ballot there and be sure it was in the
batch. This technique could also be used to prove my vote to someone I
promised to vote for (whether I was being paid or not).

As Doug Jones pointed out a long time ago, another more subtle way would be
to use a kind of Morse Code to sign your ballot in a series of yes/no
contests you don't care about (Judicial retentions, for example).

If you could eliminate write-ins from the ballot, it might be a little
easier to argue for publishing ballots. Otherwise, forget it, imho.

Alan D.

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