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  •  So you would put personally identifiable info... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...on the ballot itself?

    That would really do away with the secret ballot.

    Even mail-in ballots don't have any personal information on the ballot itself... just on the envelope. Once the ballot is in the pile, it's impossible to tell whose ballot is which.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:12:01 PM PST

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    •  A bar-coded guid is not going to tell the (0+ / 0-)

      Election workers whose ballot they find in the pile. If you looked through a pile of the bar codes removed from a dozen cereal boxes of different flavors and brands, would you know which cereal each one came from? Would you know if one was actually from a bag of hammers?

      •  But it's still readable data. (0+ / 0-)

        They can still tie an individual ballot to an individual person... and depending on who wrote the software used to read the barcode information, each person's voting choices could be registered in a database without even the poll-worker knowing about it.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:58:44 PM PST

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        •  Then the software needs to be open source (0+ / 0-)

          And it needs to store guids separately from the rest of the data, with no connection between tables and no views that combine the two. It can be done.

          •  Sure, it *can* be done. (1+ / 0-)
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            If we actually used the hardware and software at our disposal, we could have a voting system 1000x easier, more verifiable, more foolproof, more secure, and more dependable than the one we have now, and at a fraction of the cost of the current system.

            The question is, would it be done? Probably not.

            "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

            by JamesGG on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 01:33:59 PM PST

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          •  Open source, so everyone has access to the code? (0+ / 0-)

            Of course I really didnt mean that. Just facetiously.

            FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

            by Roger Fox on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:12:54 PM PST

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