Thursday, November 04, 2004
on a roll with paper voting
In a US election they are typically voting for many different offices plus propositions. This is one of the reasons that pushes them to automated counting. It also makes a challenge for this "machine generated paper trail" because each voter is going to generate a lot of votes for different things that all have to get printed.
Also, I read an important point somewhere (Evoting Experts I think). If the paper trail is on roll paper, all you need to know is the order of who voted, and you can reconstruct who voted for which candidates. So much for a secret ballot.
Meanwhile, in Canada, we have dead simple elections. We often are voting for only one office.
WE DON'T NEED AUTOMATED COUNTING.