Tuesday, September 07, 2004

military voting secrecy

Brett (Greetings from Iraq) points out this editorial: IHT: A breach of voting secrecy. "Members of the U.S. military will be allowed to vote this year by faxing or e-mailing their ballots - after waiving their right to a secret ballot."

As usual, the verdict is that its a great idea but is being implemented in a wholly questionable way. "The secrecy of ballots could be breached at several points: when they are faxed or e-mailed from the field, when they go through the contractor and when they are received by local officials. The Pentagon has not explained why it is acceptable, or legal, to require soldiers to waive their right to secret ballots. Laughlin McDonald, director of the Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, says he cannot recall another group of voters being asked to give up such secrecy."