Re: Focus on Rights

From: Barbara Simons <simons_at_acm_dot_org>
Date: Sun Nov 11 2007 - 12:05:54 CST

Hi, Arthur. One problem with scanning all the ballots and making those
scans public is that it could facilitate vote selling, since the person
selling his/her vote could make some highly unlikely set of choices on
the ballot as a kind of signature.
Regards,
Barbara

Arthur Keller wrote:
> At 8:03 AM -0500 11/30/07, Arlene Montemarano wrote:
>
>> The protection of our fragile rights should always the primary
>> point of all that we do.
>>
>
> The question boils down to how we best safeguard those rights. If
> you had the choice of hand-counted paper ballots only vs. paper
> ballots that were electronically scanned in the precinct when the
> voter casts the ballot and then hand counted at the end of the day
> (i.e., both electronic and hand counts), which would you prefer?
> (Assume the electronic counts are not released until the hand counts
> are made.) Now suppose that the electronic scanner kept an image
> copy of the ballot and that anyone could get a copy of all of those
> images and hand or machine count those images to compare them to the
> official vote count, would that be a good thing or a bad thing? Do
> you oppose the inclusion of electronic systems if they supplement
> rather than replace hand counting? Would you accept the idea that
> the combination of electronic systems and hand counting can be more
> secure and fraud or tamper resistent than hand counting alone?
>
> Best regards,
> Arthur
>
>
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