Thursday, August 26

Florida Ballot Confusion Continues

by justmy2 @ 8/26/2004 10:43:00 PM

Buried in the Monday edition of the Washington Post, was this little tidbit:

Palm Beach County has introduced an absentee ballot that requires voters to indicate their choices by connecting broken arrows, sparking criticism that it is even more confusing than the infamous "butterfly ballot" used in the 2000 election.

Theresa LePore, the elections supervisor who approved the 2000 butterfly ballot, opted for a ballot design for the Aug. 31 primary that asks voters to draw lines joining two ends of an arrow. LePore said she selected the ballot after tests showed it was easier for voters.

..."People do the crazier things when they're asked to connect the arrows," said Stephen Ansolabehere, former director of the Voting Technology Project, a collaboration between the California and Massachusetts institutes of technology.

If at first you do succeed, try, try again, and again, and again.

What is so difficult about a name and a check box, or filling in a circle? Why do they continue to over engineer what should be a simple process? Too much time on their hands at best. I don't want to think about the more nefarious reasons.


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