Design for Democracy: Ballot and Election Design by Marcia Lausen

By Marcia Lausen

In November 2000, while the now-infamous "butterfly poll" harassed the most important Florida electorate in the course of a hotly contested presidential race, the significance of well-designed ballots to a functioning democracy stuck the nation's realization. spotting that our complete vote casting process—from registering to vote to following directions on the polling place—can be nearly as complicated because the Florida poll, Design for Democracy builds at the classes of 2000 by means of offering cutting edge steps for remodeling elections within the provider of citizens.

Handsomely designed itself, this quantity showcases adaptable layout types that may enhance nearly all the pieces of the election technique via maximizing the readability and usefulness of ballots, registration kinds, posters and symptoms, informational brochures and publications, or even administrative fabrics for ballot staff. Design for Democracy additionally lays out particular guidelines—covering problems with colour palette, typography, and picture use—that anchor the excellent election layout procedure devised by means of the gang of layout experts from whose identify the ebook takes its identify. a part of an incredible AIGA strategic software, this group's prototypes and proposals have already been used effectively in significant Illinois and Oregon elections and, amassed right here, are inclined to unfold around the state as extra humans observe the myriad merits and vast applicability of superior election design.

An crucial instrument for designers and election officers, lawmakers and electorate, Design for Democracy harnesses the ability of layout to extend voter self assurance, advertise executive transparency, and, maybe most vital, create an educated electorate.

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Instructions, headings, and all required and/or repetitive information ballot design ballot design principles information hierarchy 27 JUDICIAL RETENTION – CIRCUIT COURT (RETENCION JUDICIAL — CORTE DE CIRCUIT) 3 1 YES 230 NO 232 2 5 KATHY M. FLANAGAN Shall be retained in office as JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, COOK COUNTY JUDICIAL CIRCUIT? 4 ballot design Before the redesign, the Chicago/Cook County retention ballot had too ballot design principles many variations in type size, weight, and width.

Analysis of space requirements and application of basic information design principles. qualifications If you mark “no” in response to either of these questions, do not complete this form. 2 yes yes no no Please see state-specific instructions regarding eligibility to register prior to age 18. personal information If you mark no in response to either of these questions, do not complete this form. Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Dr last name first name middle name(s) Jr/Sr/I/II/III home address (include apt. or space number) city/town state zip code address where you get mail (if different from above) city/town state zip code date of birth (month/day/year) phone number (optional) email address (optional) A reconceived form, at right, provides additional and more flexible space for name and address.

Com) tracks the use of voting equipment usage in the United States. S. gov) for more information on the Help America Vote Act. ballot design examples 35 Official General Election Ballot Ballot Style 3 A Madison County, Maryland B November 2, 2004, 7am–8pm Official General Election Ballot Ballot Style 3 C Instructions to Voter Nationwide continued Statewide continued To vote, darken the area inside the oval. Vote for one candidate in each contest unless otherwise indicated. United States Senator vote for one State Assemblyman 54th District vote for one Dennis Weiford Madison County, Maryland November 2, 2004, 7am–8pm Independent Lloyd Garriss Andrea Solis Republican Sylvia Wentworth Republican Amos Keller Democratic John Hewetson To vote for a write-in candidate, write the name and darken the oval.

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