Re: ballot usability

Subject: Re: ballot usability
From: "David Berg" <dberg -at- dmpnet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 11:34:33 -0600


> I saw the ballot on CSPAN early this morning and I can easily understand
> how someone could get confused - especially someone with compromised
eyesight.
>
> Also, I thought I heard on CSPAN that there were 19,000 double-punched
> ballots in Palm Beach County, not 2000.

Does anyone know whether the presidential choices were the only ones on that
ballot with choices on facing pages?

My initial reaction is that yeah, I can see where that ballot would confuse
some people. It was done with good intentions, but poor execution that
resulted in a less usable layout. But, how may of those double-punched
ballots occurred on other elections on the ballot, and what is the usual
percentage of "bad" (double-punched, etc.) ballots in an election with this
many issues? It's an excellent example of what can happen when you leave
usability issues to an "amateur."

It's also strange that Buchanan is saying that he thinks most of his 3000
votes in the area with the confusing ballots belonged to Gore, considering
that I understand the Reform party has carried over 2500 there in the past.

David Berg

David Berg


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