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Not-so-secret Ballot

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Date: Aug 22, 2007 - 01:13 PM
An interesting case at CNet - it turns out someone took two separate government documents and showed how to reconstruct a list of how everyone voted in an election.

Ohio law permits anyone to walk into a county election office and obtain two crucial documents: a list of voters in the order they voted, and a time-stamped list of the actual votes. "We simply take the two pieces of paper together, merge them, and then we have which voter voted and in which way," said James Moyer, a longtime privacy activist and poll worker who lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Once the two documents are merged, it's easy enough to say that the first voter who signed in is very likely going to be responsible for the first vote cast, and so on.
No word on any reforms, or if reform will come.

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