Thursday, November 04, 2004

on a roll with paper voting

Just some thoughts.

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.

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