Data Model for the Vote Entry Station (write-in)

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sun Apr 18 2004 - 22:49:55 CDT

> Write_In_Rules_Code, Number, a code identifying the rules about
> write-in ballots. 1 Write-in ballots for all candidate contests. 2
> No Write-In ballots. 3 Each candidate contest may or not allow
> write-in votes.

I'm not sure if you want it here or elsewhere: In some jurisdictions,
write-ins might be allowed, but restricted to a fixed collection of
values (i.e. qualifying candidates). If so, the set of values would
always be per-contest (some contest might have zero).

Conceivably an OVC system could present the "regular candidates" on a
main screen, but still enable voters to see the list of "qualifying
write-ins" on a secondary screen (or a pull-down list, etc). Or
perhaps voters would be required to write-in a name, but that write-in
would be rejected if it did not match a qualified name.

 From a user-interface design perspective, the latter might seem
foolish; but as a political matter, much of qualification rules are
intended to disadvantage candidates who do not qualify for the main
ballot screen. In such cases, elections officials (or major parties)
might resist making it too easy for voters to enter qualifying
write-ins.

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