A few more observations about printed ballot layout

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Sep 08 2003 - 15:48:03 CDT

Our sample election has 13 contests. This is good enough for the demo.


The question will come up: What if there are more contests? And this
question has already come up on this list.

Of course, if there are many more contests and candidates, it may rule out a
full faced on-screen ballot. But there should never be a case where the
printed ballot will require more than one page.

I have the sample ballot for our famous Oct 7 recall election. If we take
this as an example of acceptable spacing and font size, we could easily
print the selections for 100 races in two columns on 8.5 in. x 11 in. paper.
Can anyone cite a specific example (not IIRC) of an election with more than
40 contests?

Even they demand larger type, we could go to legal sized. A two-page ballot
is possible in our scheme but we want to avoid that if possible.

One thing we should try to do to give as much room for printed selections as
possible would be to put the barcode as close as possible to the edge and
make it as short as possible to be read easily without errors. The dummy
ballot I have demonstrated exposes almost 3/4 of an inch. I'd like to get
that to maybe 3/8 of an inch -- this would help with this space question we
will get.

BTW, the sample ballot for the Oct 7 recall election shows the candidate
names in about 8 point (all caps), with their titles in about 7 point, and
the party affiliation is no more than about 6 point type. We are being
really generous so far with our on-screen ballot and the printed ballot --
we have plenty of leeway there, it seems to me.

All seriousness aside, this election is really something. It appears that
several candidates filed because they have names that hope might get
confused with really famous people. There is an Edward Kennedy, a Diana
Foss, a Michael Jackson.... and so on. I guess they are thinking, "Gee, I
could get elected governor by accident!"

-- Alan Dechert

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