Ballot design research

12 Nov 2008 - 10:46am
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DrWex
2006

FiveThirtyEight posed a ballot design question that I think ought to
be easily answerable with research and I'm also vaguely remembering
that someone did this kind of research. Can anyone help?

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/11/ballot-design-quiz.html#comments
- three versions of a ballot are shown and the research question is
which version would produce an undervote.

There's a lot of discussion underneath the entry but it mostly seems
to be guesswork. Anyone got research?

--Alan

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12 Nov 2008 - 11:04am
Phil Chung
2007

Alan,

There's a lot of research going on. Barbara Ballard, who I think is on this thread, can probably offer more information, but here's a link to get started (my old lab):

http://chil.rice.edu/projects/accurate/index.html

Phil

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FiveThirtyEight posed a ballot design question that I think ought to
be easily answerable with research and I'm also vaguely remembering
that someone did this kind of research. Can anyone help?

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/11/ballot-design-quiz.html#comments
- three versions of a ballot are shown and the research question is
which version would produce an undervote.

There's a lot of discussion underneath the entry but it mostly seems
to be guesswork. Anyone got research?

--Alan
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12 Nov 2008 - 4:12pm
Caroline Jarrett
2007

To add to Phil's suggestion:

The Brennan Center for Justice is active in researching and fighting for
better electoral processes.
http://www.brennancenter.org/content/section/category/voting_rights_election
s/

Their report on 'Better Ballots' was published earlier this year, and
references recent research including different ballot designs and how they
performed in actual elections. (I had the honour of being a contributing
expert on this report).

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the leader in
the field. Summary of their work is here:
http://vote.nist.gov/

best
Caroline Jarrett

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