Re: 80 race capacity

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 14:06:03 CDT

On May 19, 2004, at 12:45 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> Charlie,
>
>> ... one other data point: She said the printout tape was done at ten
>> point
>> font which when I do the numbers cant explain the length of 57" unless
>> the layout contains a lot more than candidate names.
>>
> I don't see the 57" either--sounds like a 57" straw man. Unless a
> significant percentage of the races are IRV, I see no problem getting
> 80
> races all on one 8.5 x 11 sheet. Try three newspaper width columns
> (2.25
> in) with 10 point times.

Try doing it with this ballot from Election 2000. Remember, you've
got to make things match the sample ballot printed in the newspaper,
so for constitutional ammendments and things like that, you need to
include the legal short form of the ammendment, and you need to stay
at around 12 point type, with fine print in 10 point.

http://www.cs.uiowa.edu/~jones/voting/intent/samples/polk.pdf

It might not come to 57 inches, but it won't be short. Of course,
it'll only be that long if you print it on 1.5 inch wide cash register
tape, and the use of grey backgrounds on headings bulks it up quite
a bit because the change of background color must be well away from
the letter boundaries to avoid readability problems.

The more you duplicate the typography of the ballot presentation itself,
the easier it is to verify the ballot, so in fact, the ballot layout of
the sample I just cited is going to cause you some grief.

                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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