Silent ballot wouldn't be eliminated on an absentee ballot or electronic ballot. Absentee ballots here anyway are a two part form with the actual voting on the bottom perferated tear away portion of the form-nothing but votes, no personal information.<quoted text>Which would also do away with the silent ballot which is an affront to liberty. Could you imagine if the new black panthers got a hold of that information? What needs to be reviewed is the registration process. In all of the cases you have presented, proper registration would have prevented the fraud, and a poll worker abusing their position wouldn't be prevented even with photo ID.
If you audit the physical and absentee voting records and you have a two time voter you eliminate the absentee ballot before it is counted. Or if an absentee ballot is recieved prior you make a note besides that voter's name at the polling place. This is why absentee ballots should be counted AFTER a physical election.
With machine/polling place voting using a numbered paper trail referencing numbers only you could throw out lets say vote number 13 if voteR 13 is found inelidgable. With electronic voting and computers you could do this with numbers only. It would be extra steps including what should a court order to match any numbers to names. This is why it is crucial to give access to voter records to election officials only and not party officials.
I agree voters and the registration process needs more vetting along with regular auditing of records. But this is why a voter identification number should be issued to and used by the voter.