[ExI] elections again

spike spike66 at att.net
Sat Dec 29 16:00:54 UTC 2007

> bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of David McFadzean
> Subject: Re: [ExI] elections again
> On Dec 28, 2007 11:16 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> > that the voters can independently verify their own votes, and
> simultaneously
> > verify that there are not a bunch of orphan votes with no apparent
> > corresponding voters.
> How could you verify there are not a bunch of orphan votes?

Orphan votes could be discovered by keeping count of the number of voters
that enter and leave the polling place by district and verify that the
number of votes cast in that district agrees exactly (or at least does not
exceed) the number of persons who entered) the voting booth.  Vote privacy
could still be maintained, while simultaneously offering a mechanism for
detecting ballot box stuffing.  

The randomly generated code on each ballot could be kept in a table which
would keep count of the time and place of each vote, offering a mechanism
for detecting a phantom polling place.  Plenty of pairs of eyes from all
over the political spectrum would be scouring the information.

To verify that votes had not been altered by some means, you would depend on
some number of voters visiting the website to verify their own votes were
recorded correctly.


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