Election reporting accuracy (by referendum)Submitted by tamckissick on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 13:27
If they want to change the rules to make it easier for them to cheat, here's how we can use that against them.
With such changes, it will only lead to more cheating, right? Fine, then let's use the internet to expose that. There are a few distinct parts to this but after seeing them all, I think it can be argued that this a) is very doable b) is pretty failsafe and c) could eliminate much of the corruption behind our voting system.
First step: Constitutional Amendment
We rally all groups that have been silenced over the years behind a single, small amendment that validates our existing voting process. Since we supposedly can't influence state elections at the federal level, I am assuming we can only verify their legitimacy.
This Amendment would force the FEC to receive encoded votes directly from the end precinct in every election that has national implications. How they accomplish this is up to them, but they must follow a specific format. They must also send a final registered voter roster with an encrypted (hashed together) number for each ballot at least 1 month in advance.
That format is in the form of a "key" code made of information of the following type. It includes the state, county, precinct, date, time, the vote and a check-sum. Batch 'sends' can accept this in tabular format but the method of transfer is SMTP or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (Email).
The FEC will host a email group list to which anyone can sign up for, which will be used as the addressee so that these same results will be sent to all recipients directly. This eliminates any potential doctoring of them in between. Recipients should be prepared to receive upwards of 1,000,000 emails over the course of the election. Widely available public and private data parsing programs can easily read the "key-vote" numbers and generate exact vote counts within minutes.
The encryption algorithm used should take all information listed above, the vote time to the minute and the voter's full legal name and hash it in a publicly published, one-way, text manipulating formula. This ensures that given the exact same inputs, the same 'key' can be created but given the 'key', there is no way to reverse it and generate the name. A "key" is later turned into a "key-vote" by the inclusion of the actual vote and the time "minute" into this data list. A new checksum will be generated for security. No questionable letters or numbers will be allowed such as "I 1 O 0..." in the "key" or "key-vote".
Voters are encouraged to retain private records of the local hour and minute that they voted (by a reputable time source) and keep this info private. This serves as a form of security password. While not considered 'secure', it means that 1440 "key-votes" must be checked to match just one voter to their vote.
Voting centers must include the code on each ballot, pre-printed or handwritten and verified by the voter and precinct staff as clearly legible and matching their voter registration card. They can be stored in alpha-numeric order for easy location and retrieval when the voter arrives to vote.
Online services will be made available to regenerate the "key" for verification or registration services, both prior to, during and after the election. This will require all the same input information, except that the 'minute stamp' will be tacked to the end, again hashed with the other information.
Vote counting and reporting at the precinct can continue under existing methods with one exception performed in any combination of the following manners:
A) A computer with online access must be made available by staff to generate the "key-vote" from the registration "key".
B) Voters must be informed of an online URL site where such conversion can be accomplished via any computing device online prior to going to vote.
C) Municipalities can opt to eliminate the paper voting process completely provided they set up the rules such that users can fairly and easily generate their "key-vote" and that they email both the municipality and the FEC simultaneously. Public, private and local/neighborhood/community services can aid voters with capability issues.
D) An electronic paper vote counting machine used by the precinct must be fitted with the ability to read the "key-vote" and allow for the tracking of it from voter to Email.
E) Other, as identified.
Votes should include up to 3 choices for all federal elections, ranked in order of preference. Should the will of the people desire it, this will allow votes for candidates to only count if that candidate would win. Otherwise, the second choice is used and the 'lesser of two evils' voting attitude can be eliminated. "Key-votes" can easily incorporate this feature and simple live filters can parse this into correct votes on computers owned privately, by the FEC, the precinct, news agencies or other for a fully transparent process.
That constitutes "the change", but how do we do it? I say we promote the corruption in every party and voting system so we can muster enough support for people to use their referendum process to install this amendment. That's the only way the elites will not be able to stop it. Since it's not changing the voting process for the states, but only the reporting process, there should be no Constitutional 'state's rights' issues in question so opposition should be minimal.
Questions or comments, thoughts or rants?