Monthly Archives: February 2016

CSM: Tinfoil time with Uncle Steve

This is pure tinfoil, with no real substance.

Now, if I were a ruthless space dictator, lording it over many people, and I had a somewhat paranoid streak (as ruthless space dictators are want to have), I’d want to make sure that people voted the way I told them to. And have a way of catching spais who leak to my enemies.

The good news is, it’s possible with the current election system.

If I could send out, to my many sundries minions, a ballot that they should vote with, each tailored to that minion, I could, when all the ballots are released, tally each against a particular person.

There are 53 people standing for election. I only really care about, say, 11 of them. That leaves me 3 spaces I don’t care about, and 42 people I don’t really want to see elected.

So, each minion gets a ballot with those 11 people. The last three spaces are taken up my the other 42 people, in different combinations. so, that’s 42 x 41 x 40, or 68,880 different combinations. Enough for most space dictators.

I just send out all the ballots (bcced, of course, because I don’t want to share all the addresses they’ve entrusted me with. Of course.) and tally it up when it comes back. Or look up a particular ballot, when one is released anonymously. I just send out a message saying ‘oops, some of the ballots were mistakes.’, to allay any fears. 😉

Tada, spai hunting, and voter control, all in one.

But this is pure tinfoil.