Ballots for elections with many races

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue Apr 27 2004 - 16:42:40 CDT

I spoke with new OVC subscriber Kevin McDermott last night. He raised
the issue of elections--like those apparently held in Cook County,
IL--with a very large number of contests in them. Specifically,
elections might contain Yes/No votes for a hundred different Judges,
who are all subject to confidence votes.

The current ballots deal nicely with cases like the California Special
Gubernatorial contest with a large number of candidates. 130 people
ran for Governor, but an OVC ballot would only need to print the name
of the one candidate a voter wishes to vote for. Nice and compact on
the paper (though navigating the GUI or RII is more time-consuming with
all those candidates).

But I don't see how 100 Judicial Confidence votes can fit on one piece
of paper. Maybe with a really small font. Or a creative use of space
that e.g. groups together the Yes, No, and No Preference Judges within
different boxes on the ballot. But overly creative typography and
layout makes voter verification less simple and reliable. So do we
just spill over to as many pages as are needed? Is it legal to only
record the relatively rare "No confidence" votes, and just leave off
the usual "Yes" or "No Preference" votes?

What does the wisdom of the OVC opine on this matter?
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