Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 12:50:58 CDT

David,

> > 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?
>
> I would add:
>
> 2b) Which made it easier to modify unintended selection?
>
> I presume this issue favors full-face, but obviously it's empirical.
> It's easy to imagine a voter pressing the wrong button in Contest #1.
> At the Print/Verify screen she might realize it from the onscreen
> summary (presumably presented before printing).
>
Good point.

> Is it necessary to
> press "Back" 13 times to change the selection? (then "Next" 13 times to
> get back to verification?) Or will you add another navigation widget
> (TOC, picklist, tabs, etc) that is likely to confuse voters who are not
> computer experienced?
>
Maybe this is 3b) Complexity of navigation--which is worse?

Another question, maybe:

5) Would a "magnify" button be valuable in either case?
(some interfaces have such buttons--some with bugs)

I think a good goal would be to discover the optimal amount of ballot data
to be presented on one screen given a particular screen size. I don't think
we can assume that every ballot could be full-faced (e.g., the legendary 76
contest ballot, the legendary 135 candidate race, etc). Although, a lot of
the really long ballots have lots of contests (like judicial retention) that
don't need to take much screen real estate.

and another question, maybe

6) Would a magnifying glass be easier for some to see the text on screen?

Alan D.

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