Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 11:55:10 CDT

Karl,

> It is not too much to suggest that we can through a
> fairly easy mental excercise at this time recognize that complex ballots
> stuffed onto a single screen are going to cause problems not merely
> because of the small size of the items but also the bulk confusion of
> presenting computer-frightened voters with something that looks like a
> control panel of nuclear power station.
>
I reject this.

Full-faced v paginated is an on-going topic. The FEC guidelines call for
minimizing page turns. If we go with one contest per page, or the whole
ballot on one page, or something in between, we need a little more than
conjecture to justify our decision.

If you think it's so easy to demonstrate that pagination is better, then it
won't take much in study time to prove your point.

For example, take a nomal sized ballot like we had in our demo: 13 contests.
Set it up so subjects can try the ballot where everything is on one page.
Subjects can also try a version where they page through 13 pages with one
contest per page. Then ask some questions:

For each setup (full-faced and paginated):

1) How long did the voters take to complete the ballot?
2) Which was easier to confirm all selections before pressing print?
3) Did either seem more confusing to the voters?
4) Did one have more drop-off (were voters more likely to undervote on
contests toward the end) than the other?

Karl, you are just starting to learn about voting-specific issues. We all
know that you know computers. I recommend you read more of the literature
pertaining to voting. Roy Saltman and Henry Brady would be good ones to
start with.

Alan D.
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