Saturday, April 02, 2005

Mock election measures usability of new voting technologies

The most popular spot at South Towne Mall Wednesday evening did not contain sale racks, but voting booths. Indeed, as Utahns voluntarily lined up to test out new ballot machines in a mock election, they were eager. The only real complaint heard by Elections Office Director Michael Cragun was 'when's my turn?'

Instead of relying solely on his own judgment for the final verdict, Lt. Governor Gary Herbert and his elections office will make the final pick on the proposed new voting technologies based partially on the results from the mock election event.

The Director of Utah's Services for the Adult Blind Bill Gibson reported the visually-impaired community in Utah is enthusiastic about the potential the new voting systems since Herbert may decide to implement touch-screen audible ballots for the entire state, allowing voters to vote by hearing their ballot choices. (Via Park Record )

Voting Machine - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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