fedmsg for voting?

inode0 inode0 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 21:16:08 UTC 2013

On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM, Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at gmail.com> wrote:
> I never considered this until today.  In the US elections I attend,
> they have my name on a list at the voting precinct.  When I come in to
> vote I sign my name and they mark that I've come in.  Until today I'd
> never thought if that information was public record (ie: someone could
> look it up at some later point in time) or if it was internal
> bookkeeping and only accessible by certain people in case of voter
> fraud.  After looking around the internet, it seems that it varies by
> state.  In California, where I live, the records are available for
> "election/political, scholarly, journalistic, or governmental purpose.
> Requesters must apply to the California Secretary of State or the
> county elections office for the records and must certify the purpose
> for their request."  It looks like California is neither the most lax
> nor the most restrictive state in this regard.

There is a record of you presenting yourself at a public polling place
- being a public place that fact is by its nature public in some
sense. But I doubt there is any record of whether you actually cast a
ballot or for which offices you voted that is in any way public.


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