Re: WHAT THE DEMO WILL DEMONSTRATE -- V.001

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sun Aug 24 2003 - 14:05:38 CDT

On Sunday, August 24, 2003, at 12:39 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

>> As long as there could be more pages even on "small size fonts" (it
>> depends on the number of races and candidates) I won't say that the
>> prev and next button are present only on the "large size fonts".
>>
> The normal sized ballot represented here does not need prev and next
> button
> because the whole ballot fits on one page.
> http://home.earthlink.net/~adechert/ballot-mockup3.gif

For our demo, yes, but as the California recall election demonstrates,
insane election rules can lead to insanely large ballots.

(The case in California illustrates the fact that releasing all
constraints on ballot access is not necessarily a good thing -- and as
New York has long demonstrated, making ballot access too difficult is
also not good. My guess is that 7 candidates per race is a sane number
but for a voting system project, we have to try to do a good job even
when the state sets insane rules.)

> Doug Jones may be able to provide better insight as to what "normal
> sized"
> means.

I think I just did, but as California is in the process of
demonstrating, there are exceptions. The California recall election
will stress any voting system's user interface! There's no way to put
that many names on a single screen or single sheet of paper in a way
that makes it easy for voters to immediately find their preferred
candidate.

But, for a demo, you can assume the basic ballot fits on one page, so
long as you're willing to talk about multipage ballots as an undesirable
feature that you have yet to deal with.

                                Doug Jones
                                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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