Re: Why I am a Poll Worker

From: Chris Franklin <chris_ovc_at_sunnycampus_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 18:05:09 CDT

Hi,

The problem with a "vote by mail" (or "vote by internet") system is that
each person's vote is trivial to sell or give to another person (willingly
or not).
 
By bringing people to the polls, you have a truly secret ballot that is
owned only by the voter. The voter is protected from anyone who might try to
coerce him/her. Selling a vote in this case becomes impossible because there
is no proof of which way the voter voted to the potential purchaser.

- Chris

-----Original Message-----
From: ovc-discuss-bounces+chris_ovc=sunnycampus.com@listman.sonic.net
[mailto:ovc-discuss-bounces+chris_ovc=sunnycampus.com@listman.sonic.net] On
Behalf Of Edmund R. Kennedy
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 12:40 PM
To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Why I am a Poll Worker

Hello:

I'm being a poll worker for the 3rd time June, 6. The
last time I was a 'machine inspector' but this time I
categroically refused to have anything to do with the
Diebold Touch Screens. The printers are still bolted
on junk that jam repeatedly. Besides, I don't want to
be sued for disenfranchising someone. Frankly, I
think the best approach is 'vote by mail'. All this
stuff about the 'civic virtue' of seeing you neighbors
vote is a bunch of eye wash.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy.

--- dr-jekyll@att.net wrote:

> Hi Arthur,
>
> I made a similar decision to become a poll worker in
> 1986. I started out as a ballot counter, counting
> paper ballots after the polls closed. Eventually, I
> became an Election Judge. The experience was well
> worth it.
>
> --
> Kurt
>
> This email sent using 100%
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>
>
> -------------- Original message from Arthur Keller
> <voting@kellers.org>: --------------
>
>
> > I wrote this blurb for Mainstreet Moms. I thought
> some of you would
> > be interested in it.
> >
> > Like many of you, I've been increasingly
> interested in doing what I
> > can to ensure the integrity of our elections, by
> promoting paper
> > trails or paper ballots and public disclosure of
> election systems and
> > processes. However, I realized that I didn't
> really understand how
> > elections worked unless I actually worked in them.
> So I called up my
> > local Registrar of Voters to volunteer on Election
> Day. After a 3.5
> > hour training class, I was ready to work in the
> polls. It was a
> > fascinating experience, and I learned a lot about
> the real issues of
> > how elections are run and what the problems are.
> In particular, I
> > learned firsthand how electronic voting machines
> worked and are used,
> > and I can now talk about my concerns about trade
> secret voting
> > machines in a more informed manner than before.
> The next election, I
> > was selected to be a precinct inspector, so I was
> actually in charge
> > of a polling place, and I was the one who made
> sure that all voters
> > had an easy time voting, and I hand delivered the
> election results to
> > the collection point while another poll worker
> trailed me to ensure
> > they arrived safely and intact. I certainly don't
> work the 6am to
> > 9pm-plus day for the pay, particularly since I
> donate my pay to the
> > Open Voting Consortium. Rather, I will serve again
> because the
> > security and integrity of our elections depends on
> the people who
> > care participating in its detailed processes, and
> that means
> > volunteering to staff my local poll on Election
> Day. I recently went
> > to poll worker training and some of the longtime
> poll workers there
> > were criticizing the new California requirement
> for paper trails
> > because of the "unnecessary" extra work for poll
> workers. Unless
> > those of us volunteer who favor strong security
> measures, the
> > counties are stuck with poll workers who favor
> expedience over
> > security. I hope you'll join me as a volunteer
> poll worker in your
> > area to help keep our democracy vibrant.
> >
> > Arthur Keller
> >
> > --
> >
>
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> 
> > Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo
> Alto, CA 94303-4507 
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