Re: Security markings on the ballot

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Oct 24 2003 - 12:13:09 CDT

Arthur Keller <> wrote:
|What do you think about printing the ballots on special paper
|pre-printed with color ink that says County of XXX Ballot etc.

I agree with Alan's analysis (and Doug's elaboration), and description
of procedures. For the final production system, all kinds of special
stuff may add to voter confidence in feeling that they have something
very official looking. But for the demo, we shouldn't think about
that... and ultimately, from a security perspective, special paper
doesn't amount to much.

Moreover, in my mind, the main threat to ballot integrity is not from
casual voters (say with the extra ballots stuffed in their shirt), but
rather from corrupt poll workers (it's not that hard to get the gig,
after all). So those who are most likely to cause the problems almost
by definition already have access to the special paper.

Yours, David...

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