Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 15:36:45 CDT

At 11:46 AM -0700 5/26/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> Alan, read my next message where I talk about the "compromise" of
>> allowing multiple contests on one screen (preferably in one column),
>> rather than a full-face selection,
>Okay. Now what about the ballot that has only 5 - 10 contests (fairly
>common)? Do you still resist full-faced and require pagination just to avoid
>multiple columns?

I suggest that with 5 to 10 contests, pagination is not a problem.
Putting like contests together, like judicial approvals, is ok. But
putting President with Dog Catcher is not.

Multiple columns are confusing. All of us on this mailing list are
familiar with multicolumn interfaces, but the lesson of the butterfly
ballot debacle is that people don't know whether the circle or punch
hole applies to the contest on the left of the hole or the right of
the hole.

Frankly, I think it's all to easy to miss contests inadvertently with
our demo ballot, so we risk the problem of undervotes.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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