Jeff the Mugwump raises an important issue: "On the other hand, I think we
have to be careful extolling the virtues of automating personal political
data.  If for no other reason than because a persons' political affiliation
sometimes changes during their life. "

That is a key consideration. The collection of personal data such as
political affiliation, ethnicity or gender is not central to the issue of an
improved electoral policy. An automated system at a minimum should do the

1. Verify that the individual is a citizen
2. Verify that the individual is eligible to vote:
        meets age restriction
        is not a felon or other disqualifying aspect
3. Verify residency and correct polling site
4. Verify that individual is alive (don't laugh, just because someone
proffers a card does not mean they are the individual on the card).

the above is by no means complete, but to vote in this country your
political affiliation, gender and ethnicity no longer play a role so that
information does not need to be collected.

to keep it on a record management track, think about what records would be
used in the above system. Don't forget that all new borns today are required
to have a Social Security number within one year of their birth (or sooner,
don't have law at hand).

Now talk amongst yourselfs.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Manager, Records Management Group
Woodside Summit Group Inc
Midlothian, Virginia
Office: 804-744-1247 x23
Fax: 804-744-4947
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