Civic Design

Monday, July 28, 2008

Better Ballots lists simple guidelines for making ballots easy to use

The report that the Brennan Center published on July 21, Better Ballots, lists excellent best practices for making ballots easy to use, including:

  • Ballot instructions should be brief, simple, and clear.
  • Don't split contests.
  • Make sure ballot design is consistent.
  • Make ballots easy to understand visually.
  • Give voters maximum flexibility.

Within each of these best practices points, the report lists detailed guidelines that should help local elections officials and vendors implement ballot designs with which voters are more likely to vote as they intend.

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