A uniform ballot design
that results in lower turnout for some offices seems a pyrrhic victory.
has resulted in a flood of complaints.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said they would take the proposal into consideration, adding that the ballot design
would have to be approved by the Comelec.
Jimenez said they are also close to finalizing the ballot design
in their election preparations.
It highlighted how crucial ballot design
and voting equipment are, and how important the laws and procedures governing vote counting would become.
They examine the usability of voting system interfaces, the impact of voting system and ballot design
on voter satisfaction and voters' need for help, issues of vote accuracy between systems, the influence of voter characteristics on the election day experience, and the impact of vote security remedies such as vote verification devices.
We need improvements in ballot design
, in the interface between the voter and the machine, and in error rates.
Though strong national standards go against the grain of the traditional emphasis on local and state control of election procedures, recent problems with voting equipment, ballot design
, unequal resources for polling places, and arbitrary enforcement of state and local rules argue for a set of nation al standards to guarantee the contemporary democratic principle of one person, one vote.
Problems in Florida included punch-card voting systems that left "hanging chads" (the little holes not punched clear through), confusing ballot design
, out-of-date registration lists, physical barriers at polling places, voter intimidation, and the fact that some voters were turned away at the polls without valid explanations.
Analysis showed, however, that blacks were much more likely to have their ballots set aside than whites even after controlling for ballot design
, voting technology, education, income, poverty, literacy and first-time voting--a finding that independent analysis likewise confirmed.
* Ballot design
and production--design and printing and/or Internet production of ballot packages, including candidate biographies.