21 July 2004


I used Georgia's handy-dandy electronic voting machines yesterday. Although a friend had complained about the software usability, saying that the screens were too busy, I was happy with them. The layout was inconsistent and had an uncomfortable color palette, but beyond aesthetics (and suspicion about Diebold in general) the software flow was simple.

However, I was unhappy with two other aspects of the voting process.

First: I had difficulty getting the low-down on all of the elections that I would be voting on. Sure, I can find information on the big state and federal stuff, but how do I make a decision on all of the little local races? It may seem minor, but I'd like to make a somewhat informed decision on court clerks and justices and school boards and what-not. I'm a reasonably savvy Web searcher, but I couldn't find much information. AccessAtlanta and The AJC sites suck in this regard, as do most of the government sites.

Someone needs to put together a Web site with district maps that link to election timelines and candidate profiles. I'm not a big political geek, but that would be an amazing tool.

Second problem: the actual room where we voted was confusing. There was no clear instructions on where to start, what to fill out, and what tables to move to and why. Everyone that was there voting had that glazed look of "should I be doing this?" All that was needed was some simple instructions as you walk in and clearly marked tables.

[ posted by sstrader on 21 July 2004 at 1:18:51 PM in Culture & Society ]