I feel like half of the people who wrote replies didn't read the OP...
OP is *NOT* suggesting that who voted for what be made public- OP is simply suggesting that we should be able to check to see if our votes were
And I FULLY agree.
Anyone who had their ballot fed into an electronic voting machine could very well get a quick receipt printout with a random number printed on it. It
wouldn't even be hard to make sure there were no duplicates- simply use the MAC address model and have a portion of that random number be the UID for
Then all electronic votes would simply be loaded into a database (A few hundred million records isn't a big database) and you'd be able to go to a
website and download the table, or query it for YOUR receipt #, and see YOUR vote.
Nobody would be able to identify it as YOUR vote, unless they managed to get YOUR receipt. Don't want one? Decline to have it printed, or toss it out.
There's no personally identifiable information on it- just a number that references the votes that were just counted, and a time/date/location at
I've been making this argument for years, but nobody seems interested.
The best counter argument I've heard against it is that people would then try to use it to claim their vote was counted wrong, when in fact they just
wanted to change their vote- so there would be an involved and expensive process of having the ballots tagged with that same UID as what's on the
receipt, and being able to pull it out and deal with these people.
Which is a valid argument, to be fair.
The second best argument I heard against it was that people who did write-ins would have to be manually entered.
I disagree- they have to check the box for write-in, so the table could simply read "write-in". Unless there's more than a few percent of people
voting for a write in, it quite literally doesn't matter what they wrote. OCR Could probably even identify a lot of the people who voted for Mickey
This sort of system would give me a lot more faith in our voting system. I'd be able to confirm my own vote, and download the entire database to do my
own count. It would keep the government, and employees, honest on their counts.
edit on 28-1-2017 by lordcomac because: clarification