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Dirk-Willem van Gulik
dirkx at webweaving.org
Wed Aug 21 16:26:33 CDT 2002
On 21 Aug 2002, Justin Kirby wrote:
> There are obvious benefits to have a closed vote. What, if any, benefit
> can be had by the votes being open?
Easy verification afterwards. With a closed vote - you typically do this:
Hand out 1-N numbered voting ballots (*). Receive them; strike the numbers
of a list and check for doubles or numbers outside the range. Once done or
on forehand; separate the vote from the number. And then count. And then
keep it all on file to allow a recount if needed. (*: or any other clever
cryptographic system - there are actually quite a few - and depending if
manual verification is essential).
For an open vote - none of that. Simply count; file - and recount as
needed. No messing about.
To give you an idea of how we've been handling votes like this in the ASF
- the procedure (see http://www.apache.org/~dirkx/)
- send out a mail to all committers + general mailing lists
-> repeat and give time for corrections
=> result: list of voters and verified addresses
- send out the ballot to each address. Publish the final
list of voters allowd to vote and their official addresses.
* for each ballot coming in - check with the master list,
bounce so they can contest - assign an MD5, split the
message. match up and mark as voted.
* for each sender - verify that you have just one last vote
and only one and that they did not contest it and that
they did receive the confirmation.
* Go through each receipt and match up with the list; once
you are sure you have no doubles; file those away and no
longer keep the receipts or the MD5's
* strip the votes received; count to make sure the numbers
of votes cast matches with the number on file.
- then count the votes by looking at them.
The three steps with a * are work for the counting volunteers - of which
you need to have at least three to make sure they control each other. And
because it is email and inherently unreliable you have a lot of extra
work. Sure - a lot is automated - but still. Open votes are much an
d much and much easier.
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