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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Design Counts in Elections - EAC Roundtable Discussion

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

In preparation for the 2012 federal elections, EAC will host an August 11 roundtable on ballot and polling place design. Goal: to show how implementing best practices in design can give voters confidence that that their votes were cast and counted as they intended. The event will be webcast live. Follow on Twitter at #BReady2012.

Suite 150
1225 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

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Election officials share the goal of providing a positive voting experience that will give voters confidence that their votes were cast and counted as they intended. Implementing best practices in ballot and polling place design contributes to a voter’s positive experience and ensures that the process is accessible and convenient to the widest possible audience.

To take the guess work out of designing ballots and polling place signs. Using simple design principles come with few costs yet yield huge benefits for the American electorate.


  • Amy Bunk, chairperson of the Plain Language Action and Information Network & director of Legal Affairs and Policy for the Office of the Federal Register, United States National Archives and Records Administration
  • Drew Davies of Oxide Design Co.
  • Elizabeth Ensley Deiter, Shawnee County, KS, election commissioner
  • Ron Gardner, EAC Board of Advisors & U.S. Access Board Member
  • Larry Herrera, Long Beach, CA, City Clerk
  • Whitney Quesenbery of WQuasbility
  • Wendy Underhill of the National Conference on State Legislatures

EAC’s Effective Designs for the Administration of Federal Elections Report — covers best practices in election design, including voter information materials and touch screen and optical scan ballots. Report also includes high resolution images and examples.

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