Full-Face Ballots

David C. Kimball and Martha Kropf

 

 

The full-face ballot layout is used almost exclusively on some types of electronic voting machines. The design is meant to mimic the appearance of old lever voting machines. The candidates for partisan races are arranged in a grid, with parties organized by column and office titles by row. Since ballot measures are nonpartisan, they are usually place outside the grid in locations where voters are less likely to notice them.

 

       Examples:

Hudson County, NJ (2006 general election; ballot measures are below the candidate contests)

Burlington County, NJ (2006 general election; ballot measures are to the right of the candidate contests)

New York City, NY (2010 general election; ballot measures are on the back of the ballot)