[E-voting] Compulsory voting
caburt at alphalink.com.au
Fri Sep 9 07:43:43 IST 2005
A recount of a robson ballot in the ACT in 2000 for only 200K voters
took a month.
This is what lead to the creation of eVACs, the ACT's voting application
for polling stations.
This ballot style already uses over-size paper and a fresh offset plate
is needed for each permutation. It is expensive to print. Perhaps
larger scale laser printing might make this cheaper.
Catherine Ansbro wrote:
> Paper ballots could handle the Robson rotation. Has anyone ever
> suggested this be done here in Ireland? It would be fairer. I don't
> believe it would increase printing costs very much.
> It would make the ballot counting process harder, though, and possibly
> more prone to errors.
>> One of the effects of compulsory voting on preferential systems is
>> that people who are voting to avoid being fined will very often vote
>> 1, 2, 3, etc. from the top of the ballot, greatly increasing the
>> electibility of those whose surnames are at the start of the
>> alphabet. There is a well known example of this from Australia, when
>> the Australian Labor party won an election by nominating only
>> candidates whose surnames began with A.
>> In Australian stv elections, where voting is compulsory, the ballot
>> papers are randomised using "Robson rotation". If there are 10
>> candidates then candidate X would be in position 1 on 10% of the
>> ballot papers, in position 2 on 10%, etc.
>> While obviously it would be possible for an electronic voting system
>> to handle Robson rotation, it is not something that Nedap Powervote
>> can handle.
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