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- Jan 11, 2013
All states do things a little different. When I vote, I go in and check in at a table. No ID is produced. They then cross my name off the list and I go to the next table where I am given a blank ballot. I go to a booth, check off my choices and then go to the machine which scans my ballot and keeps it. There is nothing on the ballot that identifies me.I'm not sure what secrecy envelope is.
A secrecy envelope works much the same way. You are sent a ballot with the return envelope or secrecy envelope. You fill out your ballot which has no identifiable info and place it into the secrecy envelope. You sign the envelope and mail it back in. When its recieved they verify you were mailed a ballot, check your signature, cross your name off the list that you voted and run the ballot through the machine. My choices are still secret. Could the clerk who verifies the envelope know who I voted for? Probably if they cared. The only difference between in-person and by-mail is I'm looking at the person when they cross my name off the list.
@Tera - Good question. Some states make you waive your privacy rights in order to vote by mail. The reason for secrecy is to protect you from retribution from a canidate or elected official you didn't vote for. Hypothetically lets say a president gets elected and that president only wants to govern in favor of those that voted for him and punish those who didn't. Would you want that kind of president to know who you voted for?