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Reply #3: That's not Internet voting! TIA is most likely just trying to get attention by calling it that. [View All]

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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-23-10 07:54 PM
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3. That's not Internet voting! TIA is most likely just trying to get attention by calling it that.
Edited on Mon Aug-23-10 07:57 PM by Bill Bored
And unless the ballots are counted by hand, I don't see how this system would be much safer than the current ones.

A little history (as in HOW QUICKLY THEY FORGET):

A system of verifying central tabulation via the Internet with observers on the ground at each precinct was proposed FIVE years ago by Dr. Juan Jover and the DNC, implemented by the Iowa Democratic Party in their caucuses, and proposed several times in federal legislation by Congressman Rush Holt.

As far as the rest of the scheme, if entering votes in a spreadsheet with observers and giving voters COPIES of their ballots violates ballot secrecy, it won't fly. You can't allow voters to take unencrypted ballots with them when they leave the polls because of the potential for vote selling!

And you can't depend on spreadsheet software alone to do precinct-level tabulation or even recording of votes, since it can too easily be altered without the data entry folks knowing it, as soon as the entries scroll off the screen for example! Perhaps the spreadsheets can serve as a data entry point for the HCPB results at each precinct, but I don't know if this is what TIA has in mind. :shrug:
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