Re: securing electronic ballots

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed Nov 26 2003 - 09:39:58 CST

"Douglas W. Jones" <> wrote:
|> Brazil indeed does a lot of things right. Overall, their system of
|> democracy is more advanced than ours in the USA.

|Not really. As of the last time I heard anything, the printers on their
|voting machines were turned off because of some court decision.

Thanks Doug for the info on this disabling of the printers. I did not
know that.

I was exaggerating, I confess, in writing simply that Brazil does
democracy better. I mostly wanted to counter an unconscious assumption
by many USAians that "whatever we do" is synonymous with best democratic
practices... and especially observe that even many "developing"
countries (Brazil, India, South Africa, for example), take democratic
procedures every bit as seriously as the USA does.

|Remember, only the United States and Switzerland have political
|systems where we vote on everything from drain commissioner to president
|on one ballot in a general election.

This is very much worth noting. Even a country as similar to the USA
in many respects as Canada does not unify all the elections like we do
in the USA. There are Canadian dog-catchers, city-councilors,
provincial MPs, national MPs, president, etc. But those elections
happen on different dates, with each voting period limited to a much
smaller range of questions/candidates.

Yours, David...

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