RE: Ballots for elections with many races

From: Mark Winegar <mwinegar_at_mtmc_dot_edu>
Date: Wed Apr 28 2004 - 14:58:14 CDT

Type size is an issue for most people 40 and over. I would hate to see
it get any smaller than 10 point. One option may be to align data into
columns. Given a one inch margin, top anb bottom, using 2 columns would
provide for a maximum of 108 ballots. That seems like more than enough
to me. Another alternative maybe to use paper rolls that do not have
perforations. This would allow the hardcopy to exceed 11" in depth.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Mertz [mailto:voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx]
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Ballots for elections with many races

On Apr 28, 2004, at 2:35 PM, Mark Winegar wrote:
> Why are we limited to a single page?

It is DESIRABLE for ballots to fit on a single page for several
reasons. It avoids the possibility of pages becoming separated at any
point in handling (voter forgetting second page at printer; separation
during sorting; concern about cover substitutions in recounts; etc).
It is more straightforward for a blind voter to scan a single sheet for

However, the desirability of a single page is not the only issue to
consider. Obviously, representing a voters votes is a higher priority
than sticking to a single page. And state laws about the layouts of
ballots might restrict our layout options.

My question that started it was to try to get a sense of the parameters
around when we will be able to stick to our goal of single-page
ballots, and what our levels of fallback would be. E.g. is a small
font that requires a magnifying glass for some voters better or worse
than going to a second or third ballot page?). Is the extra cost and
failure possibilities of a double-sided printer worth incurring to
avoid multiple physical sheets? Obviously, many of these answers will
finally depend on the usability studies Doug Jones frequently urges...
but they're worth keeping in mind even now.
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