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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 12:39 AM
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7. The authors say there's ANOTHER problem with receipts:
Edited on Wed Nov-02-11 12:43 AM by Bill Bored
Voters can throw them away, indicating they will NOT be checking to see that their votes were recorded as cast. (This should NOT be conflated with checking to see that votes were COUNTED as cast, BTW, which is another problem.) Nevertheless, if a voting system issued a receipt to each voter and some voters discarded their receipts, someone could go through the trash, gather the discarded receipts, and switch the RECORDED votes of the voters who discarded the receipts and won't be checking. The authors propose a solution to that particular problem.

HOWEVER, there are not many voting systems that issue receipts to voters in the first place, and this should not be further conflated with voter-verified paper ballots (or paper records which may or may not be verified by voters). The receipt systems are mostly experimental at this point and the issuance of receipts alone does NOT confirm that votes will be COUNTED as cast, even if lots of voters don't throw their receipts away and actually check their receipts against some database of recorded votes.

A lot more expertise is required to see that votes are COUNTED as cast. Most voters don't have such expertise, but they might be willing to trust a panel of experts instead of their own eyes, or so the theory goes.
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