Making the ballots secret

From: MJ Ray <mjr(at)phonecoop(dot)coop>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Making the ballots secret
Date: 2007-08-07 17:01:54
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While trying to find the definition of the multi-winner SPI method for
Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho, I spotted this little gem in Article Five of which relates to comments I
made elsewhere:

"Ballots concerning election or removal of officers shall be secret

At present, ballots are (correctly IMO) described as confidential, not
secret, on the voting pages like

One way they are not secret is that votes seem to be stored on that
server indefinitely. Any webmaster of members.spi-inc could see all
of our past votes back to at least 2004, right?

I don't want to change the by-laws, so can the election system be
changed to offer a secret ballot instead of a confidential one?

One possibility is to require the secret cookie to change one's vote.
That does mean if the secret cookie is lost after voting, a vote can't
be changed (has-voted would need to be tracked seperately). Also, I
don't know whether recent developments in MD5 hash collisions make
this unsafe. Comments?

Any other ways to fix this?

MJ Ray - see/vidu
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