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Anybody in the data biz will tell you there's nothing
foolproof as far as data security goes. Some systems, like
the moving of money, have to be digital so there's no
choice, but some do not.
Voting being one area where we're better off with paper
ballots than we are with digital
systems that are
easy to manipulate and incredibly hard to monitor.
The easiest way to keep tabs on the legitimacy of paper
ballot voting is to have each and every ballot put up on
web after the election for public review with the number
of the ballot, city and state visible but obviously not the
voter's name or address.
This would allow easy spot checks of votes cast. A multi
million person "crowd review" would make it very hard to
cheat the system as you'd have thousands of sleuths
looking for irregularities. This would be worth while
for the fact that you would be able to review your own
ballot to make sure it wasn't "lost".
||A photoshop substitution of one ballot number image onto another ballot image is going to be tricky to detect, even with thousands of sleuths.
||And if a spot check between the hard copies and
digital copies detects tampering those in the chain
evidence will be held responsible.
||Remember, the paper is not disposed of, it's kept
storage indefinitely and can be reviewed at any
||But I believe you're forgetting the main premise of
the idea, you're going to change a ballot and then
put it on the web where the person who cast the
ballot can review it? They'll simply say "I have the
hard copy of my ballot that I took home when I
voted, it's been changed."
||2-part NCR ballot papers. Take the copy home as your check.
||Simple but impossible to get around if you're trying
to scam an election. You've got millions of detectives
verifying the validity of the votes, one vote at a