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A brave cause

Dear Editor:

I’d like to compliment and encourage Marilyn Marks for her courageous stand in support of transparent elections, as reported in your March 25 article, “Aspen’s Marks asks judge to reconsider.”

Full public transparency is the only guarantee of accurate vote counts. Without it, we’re stuck with trust – trust in the inerrancy of public officials and voting machines.

There was a time when poll workers loudly read out each of the votes on the ballot, so that all observers could assemble their own tally. This shows that the ballot was not considered “secret.” Instead, what stayed secret was, Who cast the ballot? As Ms. Marks pointed out, the proper term for this is not “the secret ballot” but “the anonymous ballot.”

Since June 2008, California’s Humboldt County has been publishing images of all its cast ballots. (See http://www.humetp.org/ and http://www.democracycounts.blogspot.com/)

Projects like this demonstrate that technology can – and should – be employed to enhance transparency, instead of erode it.

Roy Lipscomb

Illinois Ballot Integrity Project


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