In article <3A127183.238330C3@lboro.ac.uk>, Thom Baguley <email@example.com> wrote: >Bert Bishop wrote:
>> Thom Baguley wrote:
>> > I fail to see how the punch card improves on this (IMO it is worse >> > because you simply can not fold it - or it won't go through the machine).
>> > Thom
>> The punch card is put into a folder concealing the punches. Folder and card >> are deposited into the ballot box.
>So, at best no improvement in privacy over folding (which is simpler).
It is no improvement in privacy. It is an improvement in the ease of counting under normal circumstances; my objections to it are the possibility of inaccurate punching, which seems greater than it should be, and of the great difficulty in checking whom one has voted for.
If, instead, an PC was used, which would produce a punched card after voting, and would presumably do a better job of punching, this would not happen. Some of the errors invalidating the ballot could not occur, such as too many candidates for a position (too few is legal), and comparing the number of ballots counted with the number produced would be some control on other errors. It also removes some of the dangers of hand counting, and even hand reporting, one of which showed up; a 6 in the hundreds column was read as 1. In "American", 7 and 1 are often confused.
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