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When someone says "blockchain" and "election", tar and feather them before kicking them out of your town or country. Democracy is not a startup pitch. It deserves the paper trail.

@jwildeboer But each voter could mine their own Vote-Coin, creating value while supporting democracy! /s

@gedvondur the tar is cooking, just ripping some more feathers. Shall we meet in 20 minutes? ;)

@jwildeboer @gcupc how we do it in Canada:

you get a paper ballot
you put an X on it with pencil
it goes in a box
at the end in the day they count them with representatives of all the parties there
everyone phones it in to their party/the elections agency
the end

unless you are disabled and need a special voting machine with various input options.

Then again we don't have to vote on a million different things at once like in the US. Plebiscites are extremely rare

@nev @jwildeboer We don't usually have to vote on a million things in the US, either; it's just California that has dozens of ballot measures at a time. The idea that the US needs computerized voting because we're bigger or our elections are more complex is just propaganda.

@gcupc @jwildeboer oh, I mean we never have ballot measures at all. And we don't vote for judges, etc.; and municipal/provincial elections are separate.

In the US it makes sense that there'd be more on the ballot - easier to suppress vote for one big election than a bunch of smaller ones

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Forget paper... Leaving voting stones was a mistake

@jwildeboer How we do it, at least in my county in Virginia: the ballot is a sheet of paper with bubbles next to each name. Fill in the appropriate bubbles. Feed it into the counting machine, where the machine will count it and drop it into a locked box. The totals from each precinct get phoned into the state board of elections at 7 PM or when everyone's left (because anyone in line at 7 PM gets to vote). If there's any funny business, they can open the box and read the ballots by hand

@jwildeboer There are lots of very smart people doing fascinating work on cryptographic voting protocols. We should be funding and encouraging them, and doing all our elections with paper ballots until everyone currently working in that field has retired.

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