Re: Reduced Paper Ballot -- MGPB (?)

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jun 18 2004 - 12:35:43 CDT

I don't like Reduced Paper Ballot for the reasons others have indicated.

How about:

Voter Selections Ballot
Ballot of Voter Choices
Choices Ballot

or something like that?

I don't like "Preferences" because of the confusion with preference voting.


Best regards,

At 11:11 AM -0600 6/18/04, charlie strauss wrote:
>Other possible non-pejorative synonyms for your consideration.
>Digest Ballot
>Summation Ballot
>Summary Ballot
>Dictated Ballot
>Voter Preference Ballot
>Abstracted Ballot
>maybe with word optimal flaoting in there. Whatever the adjectives,
>Ballot has to be the noun.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: David Mertz <>
>Sent: Jun 18, 2004 10:49 AM
>Subject: Re: [voting-project] Reduced Paper Ballot -- MGPB (?)
>On Jun 18, 2004, at 12:20 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> I want to start calling our paper ballot the "Reduced Paper Ballot" or
>> "RPB." Please use this term from now on. Standards for new voting
>> technologies are being written and I want standards to apply to our
>> RPB.
>I certainly understand and agree with Alan's intent in identifying a
>distinct term for the ballot in our system. Falling under--or
>creating--relevant standards is important.
>But the word "reduced" to me suggests either, (1) photo-reduction, as
>in transferring to microfilm, or maybe like the tiny
>four-pages-to-a-page print of my OED; or (2) reduction of the
>contests/issues on a ballot--as if we only printed the most important
>contests, not the piddly judicial retentions or the like.
>I wonder if we could choose a better descriptive term before pushing
>it. To emphasize the representation only of selections, we could call
> Optimized Paper Ballot
>But I think the non-listing of non-selected candidates is not the
>central issue (which "reduced" also seems to suggest, even putting
>aside the above wrong insinuations). Maybe more like:
> Machine Generated Paper Ballot
> Voter Initiated Paper Ballot
> Vote Selection Paper Ballot
>I don't want to go into a long thread about this, and will go with the
>wrong-seeming name if that's what others like. But if we're going to
>get a term written into laws, maybe we can get one with a more accurate

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