Re: Left off the ballot?

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Apr 15 2004 - 14:58:03 CDT

On Apr 15, 2004, at 2:43 PM, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
> Of course, if the verified paper copy contains all the candidates and
> issues,
> even those for whom the voter didn't vote (as in optical mark-sense
> systems),
> the evidence of omission is there for the voter to notice when
> inspecting the
> ballot

Maybe true.

But I think it is more likely for a voter to accurately verify a ballot
if it contains ONLY the candidates/choices the voter is interested in.
Use of different fonts and graphic mark can help identify the chosen
versus reference options, but simply not putting the reference options
on the paper at all makes it pretty darn clear that they are not the
choices made.

Some voters will miss subtleties--or even not-so-subtleties--of what we
mean by indicating candidates in different fonts, etc. Reducing this
type of confusion might well outweigh the concern over candidate
omission in the ballot interface. Moreover, how will the BVA read back
all the non-selections? That could take quite a while if you happen to
be a blind voter voting in a special gubernatorial race in CA.

Yours, David...

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