[EM] Re: Election-methods digest, Vol 1 #344 - 7 msgs

Ken Johnson kjinnovation at earthlink.net
Fri Nov 14 12:25:02 PST 2003

election-methods-electorama.com-request at electorama.com wrote:

Message: 7
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 09:43:18 -0500
From: Rob Speer <rspeer at MIT.EDU>
To: election-methods at electorama.com
Subject: Re: [EM] Re: touch screen voting machines
Reply-To: rspeer at MIT.EDU


If you have the option of verifying your ballot, then someone has the
option of paying you $20 for your verifiable vote receipt. Or
threatening you if you don't get a receipt and give it to them.

-- Rob Speer

Okay, I see your point. If means exist for verifying my particular vote 
then vote buying or coersion becomes possible.

Perhaps a reasonable alternative would be for the voting machine to 
generate printed ballots that have randomly-generated ballot ID's, but 
which are not retained by the voter and do not have any voter 
identification information. After the election, a random selection of 
ballots are manually cross-checked against the database. That way, the 
election can be verified without having to actually do a full manual count.

Ken Johnson

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