Re: [OVC-demo-team] Voting paper "trail"?!?

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Mar 18 2004 - 22:55:34 CST

On Mar 18, 2004, at 11:17 PM, Fred McLain wrote:
> - Do they understand that receipts are irrelevant in an election where
> the voters are anonymous?

Actually, the idea of "paper receipts" is even worse than Fred
mentions. By producing a receipt a voter can carry home, anonymity is
SERIOUSLY compromised. We've been over this on the voting-project list
in the past: in short, it opens the path to vote coercion and/or vote
buying. If a voter can prove her vote outside the voting location that
evidence can be used inappropriately.

One of the things that it is important for OVC/EVM2003 to focus on is
that we are interested in paper BALLOTS. Not paper RECEIPTS; nor a
paper TRAIL.

The "paper trail" has its own absurdity, FWIW. Some of the vendors
claim that printing out a summary from a voting station at the end of
the day does something significant. It obviously does no good to print
out the contents of a machine's memory/HDD at the end of the day if
those results could be corrupted/hacked during the day.

(Redirect followups to the voting-project list).

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