Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Brennan Center Report on ballot designs

Better Ballots Report by Brennan Center must read

BAD BALLOT DESIGN Results in Staggering Numbers of Lost Votes
Press Releases – 07/21/08

For Immediate Release
Contacts: Anna Deknetal, BerlinRosen, (646) 452-5637

Thousands of Voters Disenfranchised in Recent Elections, Particularly Elderly, Low-Income & New Voters

Brennan Center Study Shows 13 Ballot Problems that Bedevil Elections Across the Country – Voting Experts Offer Guidelines For Improved Ballot Design in time for ‘08 Election

New York – Today voting technology experts at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law released an extensive analysis of election ballots from across the country that shows that hundreds of thousands of voters were disenfranchised in recent elections as a result of badly designed ballots and confusing voting instructions.

Better Ballots, a product of the Center's national Task Force of design and usability experts and election officials, cites 13 frequent problems that continue to plague elections even after the infamous "butterfly ballot" in Florida's Palm Beach which resulted in 30,000 lost votes in the 2000 election.

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