Can Design Save Democracy?

Proposed AIGA ballot design

The AIGA, a consortium of graphic artists, thinks it just might.

In order to avoid the sort of poor election ballot design that plagued the 2000 election — remember butterfly ballots and hanging chads? — the AIGA has proposed several changes that would make ballots much easier for voters to figure out. (To say nothing of prettier.)

The New York Times has a great interactive look at the problems the AIGA sees in current ballot designs and what their ideal ballot would look like. (The picture on the right offers a glimpse.)

Of course, in addition to better ballots, voters also need to know their rights at the polls and what they need to bring with them. (Think ID!) Click here for People For's voting-rights toolkits.

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