The other day, I received instructions for using the new voting system being
used in Connecticut, for this year's presidential election. It was described as "An instructional pocket guide to using the New Optical AccuVote-OSTM Voting System." The title, itself, sounded daunting."
The mailer was a tri-fold. When opened up, it presented a wordy, five-step explanation of the process for casting your vote. The guide was sent from the Office of the Secretary of the State. The immediate knee-jerk reaction to anything requiring that amount of explanation, was that voting, this year, will be difficult.
In truth, the system is quite easy. For anyone checking it out online, The State of Connecticut Secretary of State posted a website, which offers a simple, single paragraph explanation of this year's voting process.
Voters will be given a paper ballot and a privacy folder. They will take both into a privacy booth, where they will fill in their choices. The ballot will then be fed into a scanner. Simple!
Unfortunately, the voters who are most likely to be put off by the printed voting guide, are the least likely to check out the instructions, online. Hopefully, the "helpful" guide won't scare off too many voters.
Is a new system being used in your state? How is it being presented to the voters?
Copyright © 2008 Marilyn Katz, All Rights Reserved, 2008 Voting Systems - Will Voters be Scared Off?