Re: Ballots for elections with many races

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Tue Apr 27 2004 - 16:53:20 CDT

> 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?
I've yet to see any ballot that was ever used where the selections could not
easily fit on one piece of 8.5x11 paper. We could also easily go to A4 or
legal sized paper if needed. Multiple pages would be awkward but not
impossible; I would try to avoid that.

In extreme cases, you could print 3 columns with newspaper sized fonts. If
that's too small for some people, make a magnifying glass available.

I've heard theories about how we might have to go to multiple pages, but no
one has ever shown me a case where it might be necessary.

Alan D.
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