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Re: Informal Discussion: Identities of Voters Casting a Particular Ballot are No Longer Public

On Mon, 14 Feb 2022, Richard Laager wrote:
> On 2/14/22 09:53, Sam Hartman wrote:
> > Steve certainly found feedback he got to be harassment.
> > I did as well.
> I received some harassment (not a lot, but some) over this too. My
> recollection is this was coming from non-DDs.

Without minimizing the totally unacceptable harassment that occurred,
all three of you seconded the proposals and were significantly more
visible than a voter listed on the tally page.


> Secret ballots are certainly not a panacea that solves all harassment,
> but they may be a risk reduction measure.

I see this as a possibility. I'm personally most concerned about someone
who isn't able/willing to vote because they feared harassment.

I'm likely biased because I'm in a privileged position and rarely have
to deal with concerted harassment directed specifically at me, so I
might be minimizing the real fear people have because I personally
haven't experienced it.

Perhaps the compromise position is to default to secret ballots, but
allow people to automatically unmask their preference at the appropriate
time. [Totally not supported by devotee currently, but certainly
possible to enable.]

Don Armstrong                      https://www.donarmstrong.com

The solution to a problem changes the problem.
 -- Peer's Law

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