Re: suggested proposals for federal election integrity legislation

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 24 2006 - 23:07:14 CST

Just a quick note for now. Item 1 should require that every voting
system be capable of being fully supervised and audited by any citizen
or group of citizens possessing ordinary intelligence, experience, and
training. The term "transparency" has, in some circles, come to mean the
property that allows ordinary voters to understand the broad outlines of
how a system works. Arguing along these lines, some have said that DREs
are "transparent" because voters generally understand what they do.
That's A Bad Thing. Our voting systems (and our elections generally)
need to be under direct, constant citizen supervision, not solely under
the supervision of experts. Experts are great as another layer of
protection, but they should not constitute the sole layer.

All the best,

-R
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