Re: Another question: do we want machine-marked ballots for everybody?

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue May 26 2009 - 00:11:22 CDT

At 6:45 PM -0700 5/25/09, Joe wrote:
>How about instead of machine marks, you have two poll workers thumb
>print each official ballot so there is a wet ink print. This would
>authenticate the document beyond question.
>maybe you could have a timestamp below the thumbprint.

Joe, ballots are supposed to be anonymous (not traceable to an
individual), except for provisional ballots in limited circumstances.
Once it is determined a vote-by-mail ballot is to be counted, it
should be removed from the envelope without examination and placed in
a pile of ballots to be processed.

Also recording the order in which voters appear is considered illegal
in many jurisdictions.

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