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Re: Everything you know is wrong (was:Re: [Membership] [Comment-Mac]Re: Secret ballots)

Mikael and all,

Mikael Pawlo wrote:

> On Wed, 19 May 1999, Eric Weisberg wrote:
> > > Do you think that employees of AT&T silently
> > > would follow such orders to vote in a specific manner given by the
> > > executives?
> > The question is whether it might affect any votes if AT&T could monitor
> > them.  Does
> > anyone doubt that it would?
> Let's say AYT&T *could* monitor *any* votes. *Would* they?

  Short answer, YES!  Not only WOULD they, but they already do monitor their
employees internal E-Mail now.

> My former employer the Swedish Postal Services could easily monitor lots
> of votes in our ordinary elections. Would they? Of course not. I guess the
> same situation applies to the US Postal Services.

  The Swedish Postal Services is a Swedish Governmental organization.
The US Postal Service in not entirely.  Big difference.  And YES, the
the US Postal Service would defiantly monitor their employees voting
record if it was not made secret.  Hell they even have monitoring
cameras in their employee bathrooms.

> I think that the post-Watergate world community is quite familiar with the
> situation of election scams and very wary of the effects it could lead to.
> Of course - if the benefit is great enough someone will always try to
> manipulate the elections, but I can hardly see serious companies do this
> as an organized scheme.

  They do it frequently.

> But you are right in one sense - the risk of
> manipulation is always present and therefore the system should obtain as
> many obstacles as possible to prevent such manipulation. However, these
> measures must not make the election process a Sisyfos task.
> Kindest Regards,
> Mikael
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