Friday, September 10, 2004

comp.risks Volume 23: Issue 52 - 9 September 2004
Missouri vote-by-fax

Missouri's Secretary of State Matt Blunt (who also happens to be a candidate for the Governor of Missouri in the November election) has announced plans to allow Missouri voters in the military to send in their ballots by unencrypted e-mail. A supposedly trusted third party (Omega Technologies) will handle the unencrypted ballots and redistribute them to the appropriate ballot counters. Apparently North Dakota is also contemplating a similar scheme. Those voters will have to sign a waiver acknowledging that their votes need not be kept secret.

I usually avoid much commentary here but:

The secret ballot is key to democracy.
Anyone who proposes that people should vote by non-secret ballot is, at best, an idiot.
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