Re: [Debconf-discuss] Re: Please revoke your signatures from Martin Kraff's keys
On Sat, May 27, 2006 at 01:54:03PM -0700, Paul Johnson wrote:
>>> Oregon abolished the voting booth in 2000
>> Oh, so they get better counts and less fraud by doing away with ballot
>> secrecy. How wonderful.
> No, that's not how it works, your ballot is still secret. Think about it for
> a minute. You sign the mailing envelope, your ballot goes in a secrecy
> envelope. Elections compares signatures, opens the mailing envelope and
> saves it for the voter rolls, sends the secrecy envelope down the line off to
> the counting machines to be opened separately in some other room.
That is secrecy only to the government; not in general. For instance, someone
can easily pressure you into voting for party or candidate X, _since they can
verify it_ (just watch as you put the ballot in the envelope, and make sure
you post it). With a voting booth, nobody can effectively pressure you, as
your vote is secret from everybody.
Anyhow, this is rapidly very very offtopic.
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