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Design for Democracy

Ballot and Election Design

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Design for Democracy by Marcia Lausen
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In November 2000, when the now-infamous "butterfly ballot" confused crucial Florida voters during a hotly contested presidential race, the importance of well-designed ballots to a functioning democracy caught the nation's attention. Recognizing that our entire voting process—from registering to vote to following instructions at the polling place—can be almost as confusing as the Florida ballot, Design for Democracy builds on the lessons of 2000 by presenting innovative steps for redesigning elections in the service of citizens.

Handsomely designed itself, this volume showcases adaptable design models that can improve almost every part of the election process by maximizing the clarity and usability of ballots, registration forms, posters and signs, informational brochures and guides, and even administrative materials for poll workers. Design for Democracy also lays out specific guidelines—covering issues of color palette, typography, and image use—that anchor the comprehensive election design system devised by the group of design specialists from whose name the book takes its title. Part of a major AIGA strategic program, this group's prototypes and recommendations have already been used successfully in major Illinois and Oregon elections and, collected here, are likely to spread across the country as more people become aware of the myriad benefits and broad applicability of improved election design.

An essential tool for designers and election officials, lawmakers and citizens, Design for Democracy harnesses the power of design to increase voter confidence, promote government transparency, and, perhaps most important, create an informed electorate.
University of Chicago Press; November 2008
189 pages; ISBN 9780226470634
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Title: Design for Democracy
Author: Marcia Lausen
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Incredibly important issue
If one isn't in the design fields, one is not apt to think that what appears to be a simple graphic could possibly matter. But the work that Marcia and others have done with ballot design is incredibly important and should be considered by officials in charge of voting in each city and state. Anything that might increase the access of folks to voting is worth consideration. And I, for one, am convinced that the paper ballot especially should be adopted so as to enable recounts and minimum manipulation. Excellent work here!