Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: Steve Chessin <steve_dot_chessin_at_sun_dot_com>
Date: Thu May 27 2004 - 22:46:40 CDT

>Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 13:32:02 -0700
>From: Arthur Keller <arthur@kellers.org>
>Subject: Re: [voting-project] Consensus of the OVC

>Let's ignore the multi-contest version of this approach for the
>moment, let's do the single contest version.
>
>For each contest on ballot
> Present choices on one screen
> Record choices
> Go on to next (or previous)
>Repeat
> Display full-face verification screen of all contests and the
>choices specifically made (as well as no selection made where
>applicable)
> If voter wants to make a change
> Voter clicks on contest where voter wants to change selection
> Present single screen of selections for that contest
>(with previous selection noted)
> Record revised choices (make it easy for voter to
>clear previous choices to make change)
> (This will continue at Repeat loop)
>Until voter confirms verification screen
>
>My approach also works for multi-page verification screens, if the
>number of contests and their selections doesn't fit all on one
>screenful.
>
>One problem with the RII is that there's no easy way to go back to
>the verification screen other than saying next a bunch of times. I
>think you even need to repeat all your selections (you can't simply
>say next!).
>
>On the first "Present choices on screen," I suggest that there be
>"next" and "previous" buttons.

Yes.

>On the "Present single screen of selections," instead of "next" and
>"previous" there should be "make change and go back to summary
>screen" and "do not make a change, but go back to summary screen."

Um, no, that's confusing. There should be one button, "return to
summary screen". The last choice the voter makes while on that page
before selecting "return to summary screen" becomes their choice. This
isn't like a text editor where we need "discard changes" versus "save
changes". Making a choice is simple, the voter is going to know who
she wants to vote for (either by memory, or because she wrote it down
and brought her crib sheet with her).

Also, you probably want to obey the principle of least surprise. Say
there are 10 races on the ballot, and for layout reasons the first
screen has three races, the second four, and the last three. When the
voter sees the summary page with all 10 races on it, and selects
contest #5, it should take them back to "page 2", the one with four
races on it, so that it looks as they remember it, showing the choices
that they made on that page. They'll know which contest to change, and
it'll be where they remember it being. (This also argues for still
having "next page" and "previous page" on that screen, in addition to a
new "return to summary page" button, so they can paginate through the
ballot if they so choose.)

--Steve
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