October 2011

Wait … What? The Need for Usability in Election Materials

The latest twist in the Cuyahoga absentee voting saga finds voters confused by the design of ballots. This post examines the issue of usability and makes the case that election officials need to become more attentive to the science of “how people use stuff.”






Student Voting: An Opportunity, Not a Problem

Student voters are once again a source of controversy. This post suggests that the challenge students pose is not inherent to their status as students but rather the result of the inability of registration systems to keep pace with America’s growing mobility.