[LINK] Bill proposes e-voting paper trail
Lyn Watkins - Untangled Web Management
lyn.watkins at untangled.com.au
Fri Feb 11 15:39:26 EST 2005
Subject: Re: [LINK] Bill proposes e-voting paper trail
On Fri, 2005-02-11 at 10:51, Glen Turner wrote:
> > Some states and counties already require a paper ballot receipt
> A concept I've never understood. Do you ask everyone to re-assemble
> at the polling place with their reciepts to do a re-count? Or is
> the receipt to show your husband/local warlord/children that you
> voted "correctly"?
> The US elections are a first past the post system. You could
> physically count paper ballots in an evening. Sure you vote
> for a *lot* of positions, but I think that the results for the
> county sheriff could wait until after the counting of the
> presidential ballots.
Great Scott, how wrong can you be. It's far more important that you
know which county sheriff you might have upset and is now going to be
allowed to harass you, as that can be immediate and local, whereas it
takes time for the President to get the black helicopters assembled.
While I recognise the sarcasm (yes, yes, very funny chaps!) in the above
comments, surely the intended purpose of the receipt is reassure the
nervous technophobes that their vote has indeed been registered, and for
the intended candidate/s. Such a confirmation may have been helpful in
Florida to ascertain that the vote had indeed been cast as intended. (At
leats you can then throw the receipt away, ink on the finger (such as
was used in the recent IRAQ elections) physically assists the above
mentioned family/warlords/invading-I-mean-allied-forces in identifying
and 'straightening out' those who disagree with their politics.
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