Re: Ballots for elections with many races

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Wed Apr 28 2004 - 09:16:47 CDT

On Apr 27, 2004, at 5:24 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:

>> The notion that the entire ballot should fit on one screen is
>> something that was needed for a quick demo.
>
> Oops, I misread this. The printed ballot should fit on one page; the
> user interface need not. Too little sleep.

However, in some states, they really do want "full face" ballot
display, which means that the voter can see the entire ballot
at once.

This kind of law may well originate from the 1960's as a defense
against punched-card ballots -- the votomatic machine certainly
does not have a full-face ballot display, but it also effectively
defends against most DRE systems except the old Shoupmatic and
the old Microvote systems, which did their best to put the entire
ballot on one big panel, with pushbuttons by each name or position
on an issue.

For display-screen DRE systems, these laws effectively require
high-end screens that offer full HDTV resolution, 1920 by 1080 pixels.
I want one on my desktop (all I have is an Apple 17inch flat panel),
but asking for one on each voting machine is a bit of a reach,
although I'd certainly love it if such large-screen monitors came
down in price.
                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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