Re: Election Theory - How to assure a fair election

From: <Adechert_at_aol_dot_com>
Date: Fri Sep 12 2003 - 00:23:05 CDT

In a message dated 9/11/03 10:30:40 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
dpaull@svpal.org writes:

> How to assure a fair election
> by Dennis Paull
>
> How can we assure a fair election will be carried out without each side
> having to trust everyone else involved?
>
> Trust appears to be the key term here. We all want fair elections,
> don't we? And, being intrinsically suspicious, we all don't trust anyone
> else to not cheat. So what can be done?
>
> The answer is election transparency. ....
>
I like your essay, Dennis. You're sort of preaching to the converted here,
but I assume you are sending this to others. or are planning to do so.

To elaborate on the trust issue.... yes, we want a system based on the fact
we don't trust anyone. We have to assume that if there are any opportunities
to game the system, some people will find them and exploit them (i.e., cheat).

With any voting system, a large enough (and clever enough) conspiracy of
election administrators can succeed without detection. What we want is a system
where that conspiracy would have to be so large that it would be very very
difficult (nearly impossible) to organize such a thing without falling apart and
the fraud being exposed.

The problem with paperless touch screen DREs sold today is that a conspiracy
to throw an election (where these systems are in widesparead use) could be
achieved with a fairly small number of conspirators. Our system will have so
many checks and cross checks that it will discourage potential conspirators from
even attempting to throw an election.

Thanks.

Alan D.
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