Re: 80 race capacity

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 13:38:34 CDT


> It might be nice to get a sense of the densest reasonable single-page
> 8.5x11, and likewise for 8.5x14. We could put those mockups (as PDF)
> on the OVC/EVM2003 websites as resources to show to officials or
> reporters.
The longest ballot I ever saw is the one Steve Chessin pointed out:

This has 44 contests with some multiple selections possible that could mean
64 selected items on a ballot.

If you figure one line for each contest heading and one line for each
selection, that's 108 lines. You could do two columns of 54 lines, or three
columns of 36 lines. It could be reduced to 92 lines if you could list the
16 propositions and measures on the same line like so:

Measure A -- NO

If you have to spell out the title of the Measure, then you need more lines.

One the other hand, other abbreviations are possible--putting contest
heading and selection on the same line:

State Controller: STEVE WESTLY

I estimate that all the selections on the huge ballot here could be
represented with two columns on 8.5 x 11 or three columns on legal paper
depending on what abbreviations would be allowable.

Bottom line: multiple pages are not inconceivable and we should allow for
that possibility. In practice, it looks to me multiple page ballots would
rarely, if ever, be required.

Alan D.
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