Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 13:04:09 CDT

For each setup (full-faced and paginated):
1) How long did the voters take to complete the ballot?
2a) Which was easier to confirm all selections before pressing print?
2b) Which made it easier to modify unintended selection?
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?

[DQM]: I presume (2a) favors full-face

On May 26, 2004, at 1:36 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> You could have one-contest-at-a-time for selecting which candidates to
> vote for, and full-face or the equivalent for verifying your ballot
> before casting. In fact, I've seen DRE's that do just that.

Sure, but that doesn't address (2a) at all. The scenario I described
was of realizing an incorrect selection on Contest #1 at the
(on-screen) verification stage. Just saying you verify full-face is
irrelevant to this.

It's possible to complicate the system, in a direction Arthur suggests,
by using paginated selection, but then also allowing re-selection
fall-face at the verification stage. A number of problems jump out
with this idea (mostly that voters need to learn two different
interfaces), but it might be worth considering.

There is a nice interface that is used by many recent Linux
installation systems. I know Mandrake does something like this, I
think Fedora does too. On the left of the screen is a list of the
steps users are required/intended to take. As installation proceeds,
the highlighted selection moves down; completed steps might be flagged
as such also. But users can return to an earlier step by clicking on
one of the items listed at left. Such a layout might be intuitive to
novice computer users, and allow quick modification of vote selections.

Let me try it as ASCII art (view this in fixed font):

| Presidency | ( ) Frances E. Willard |
| (SENATOR) | (X) Lucy Stone |
| U.S. Rep | ( ) Karl Menninger |
| Treasurer | ( ) William Lloyd Garrison |
| Health care | ( ) Write-in |
| Term limits | ___________________________________ |
| Cat Catcher | |
| County Commis | [<-- BACK] [NEXT -->] |
| Verify Ballot | |

Obviously, in a GUI you can use colors, fonts, graphics better than my
ASCII version allows.

I'm not saying this *IS* the best approach, but it might answer some
navigation difficulties with paginated ballots.
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