Congratulations to Jacob Burns for and the Wisconsin Libertarian Party — hisshould make the elections safe through paper records on electronic voting, make sure voting secure and perhaps influence to have petitioning be as fair as possible for all potential candidates:
Two years after challenging authority over what he calls a “bogus” ticket, Jacob Burns is now an authority of sorts on state elections issues.
The 21-year-old Oshkosh man, a staunch Libertarian is Wisconsin’s newest and youngest-ever State Elections Board member.
Burns, a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh economics student, first earned headlines and buzz in August 2004 when he dared to hoist a flimsy, homemade sign criticizing the Democrat and Republican candidates for U.S. President.
The sign stated “No Bush, No Kerry, Vote Badnarik,” favoring 2004 Libertarian presidential hopeful Michael Badnarik.
He’s already been in at least one meeting with the rest of the board where they made a half-step decision towards repealing a rule they had made in violation of federal law (WI allowed voters to show up to the poll with their SSN if they forgot their ID). This notions is actually a good idea if implemented well: your vote is tied to your SSN (purged right after the elections close), an if you show up with an ID that find someone has already voted with your SSN, then you can claim back your vote (all with a paper trail that hashes the SSN). But that’s probably not the case unless they adopted some open source voting code.
Anyways, it’s also cool to see some young libertarians representing the party, it’s good to have us 20-somethings represented in the political world. Hope he’ll be able to bring some common sense and intelligent options into the election board debates.