[E-voting] Compulsory voting
ita_ryan at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 8 18:46:51 IST 2005
> Re: your first point, register everyone
> automatically when they're 18
> (and send them a note to confirm they're
Does the government currently know when everyone turns
> When you talk about checking to see that your vote
> hasn't been mysteriously deleted, do you mean your
> voter registration status?
Yes, anecdotally this seems to happen a lot. People
turn up at the polling station and their registration
> On the other hand in the USA it's becoming clear
> that the next BIG place
> for fraud is the area of computerized voter
I take your point.
We have other problems too in Ireland - many people
are registered in several different places. For
example, because of our terrible polling times people
may keep a vote in Dublin and another in the country.
Assuming they only use one, this gives a false idea of
turnout and also opens the door to fraud by
impersonation. (If they use both, the situation's not
It might not be possible or desirable (too
big-brother-ish?) but why not link voter registration
to RSI numbers? You would automatically have a vote
at whatever address the tax office (bless it!) has for
you. You could also register manually if you didn't
have an RSI number. (Who doesn't? Millionaires?)
I know this is a bit off-topic for an evoting list. I
don't believe in any form of evoting any more though
so am thinking about ways to improve what we have now.
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