Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 15:49:10 CDT

On May 26, 2004, at 4:36 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> 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.

But the problem with butterfly ballots isn't simply the multiple
columns. It's that the same contest zigzags between columns. There's
a big difference between (again, ASCII art, use fixed font):

   PRESIDENT
   George Bush ---> ( )
                    ( ) <--- Al Gore
   Ralph Nader ---> ( )
                    ( ) <-- Harry Browne

   DOG CATCHER
   John Smith ---> ( )
                    ( ) <--- Sally Wong
   Juan Garcia ---> ( )

And this, much more readable use of columns:

   PRESIDENT DOG CATCHER
   George Bush ---> ( ) John Smith ---> ( )
   Al Gore ---> ( ) Sally Wong ---> ( )
   Ralph Nader ---> ( ) Juan Garcia ---> ( )
   Harry Browne --> ( )

The first--butterfly-- style is likely to have lots of problems in
voter intent. The second is much less likely to cause confusion.
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