A few thoughts regarding “Staged (half secret) voting”.
I posted a doc about a “Concealed Ballot” technique, which received some feedback Concealed Ballot
Looping back, I question:
Why should we have an extended voting period, instead of an old-fashioned “election day”?
- Accessibility/convenience - some people might not be able to vote on “election day”
- Contemplation time - some people won’t take a serious look at the proposals until voting starts; this gives them time to do some study & analysis
Why should we have public rather than secret ballots?
- Secret ballots require a trusted counting infrastructure (bleeding-edge-hard to implement in a decentralized way)
- Public ballots promote transparency (which is often seen as a social value in itself)
Why should we have both of the above?
- Public ballots accumulated over time can reveal “under the table shady politics” as they are happening [Julio commentary to “Concealed Ballot” proposal
- Over time, voters can see how the accumulated vote is going and later voters can use this information to vote more wisely [there are different opinions on whether this is a plus or a minus]
This might be a really good topic to put on pol.is : I suspect there are clusters of people with different perspectives.
To me, the “Staged (half secret) voting” doesn’t feel internally consistent. Loosely speaking we have team A with “I wish it could just be a vanilla Australian ballot, if only we could do that on blockchain” and team B with “I sure like public voting where I can watch it as it happens”. Then like King Solomon and the baby, we give each team half.
Perhaps we can go back to basics and come to a better agreement on priorities for what voting should accomplish, and then map that onto possible voting techniques.