On the Blind VoteSubmitted by dwalters on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 07:50
In my opinion, with a blind vote there will never be a way to insure the accuracy of elections - especially with modern technology. Is anyone really afraid of getting attacked for voting a certain way these days? I doubt it (maybe a very small minority).
History demonstrates clearly that the only way to truly make contracts enforceable is to have an identifiable signature from all the parties involved (or their legal representatives).
By implementing an open vote, statistics would become much more difficult to manipulate. For instance - if the vote was completely public - there would be no reason to forbid a website where every voter could go on election night in order to verify their votes and ensure the validity of the data.
A real-time feed of incoming votes - including names and locations - should be publicly available. There is NO reason for a delay. VOTE COUNTS SHOULD UPDATE AS THE BALLOTS ARE CAST.
Try to lose a truck in Iowa in that system.
If the State is to persist, technology should be used to hold It accountable rather than being used to make Us more vulnerable.
I call for an open vote.
If you disagree, please list the practical advantages of blind votes that you believe are substantial and relevant.