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  •  There is the fraud prevention aspect... (10+ / 0-)

    I followed the Washington Secretary of State's blog in the runup to proposition 71.  

    1. They clearly were trying their hardest to accept signatures, not reject them.
    1. Previous petitions, including signatures, are already available from the state, and paid signature gatherers have bought them.

    I want to be sure that no one has faked my name and signature to get a proposition on the ballot - if someone has, and they have managed even a crude forgery, then they've added to their count.   A lot easier than standing on a street corner trying to get people to sign a petition.    Just get a bunch of folks in a room with a bunch of pens and petitions.
    I have no way to check it if the information is not made available to me.  
    The "threat" is laughable.   These folks are terrified that someone might talk to them.
     

    •  not to mention, that at least in texas... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...ANYONE can walk into the county clerk's office and PURCHASE, by precinct, the list of people who have voted in an election. the only thing NOT disclosed is for whom they voted.

      even in a partisan primary, those lists can be purchased (the going rate, in my county, is $10 for a cd-rom of the information that is completely sortable using excel).

      "A time comes when silence is betrayal." ~ MLK, Jr...Where has CANDIDATE Obama gone?

      by liberaldemdave on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 08:31:01 PM PST

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    •  Validation easily solved w/o publication (0+ / 0-)

      I have no way to check it if the information is not made available to me.  

      A procedure could be put in place which would allow anyone, upon presentation of id, to find out if they "signed" the petition and, if so, see just their entry to validate it. No need to make all public to address this problem.

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