HBO gives people a chance to re-vote — and maybe even create a hanging chad

The HBO film Recount premieres this Sunday
night (May 25). The film is a fictionalized account of the 2000 presidential
election in Florida — famous for the hanging chad.

To promote the film, HBO set up the infamous Votomatic
machines at The Grove in Los
Angeles on Tuesday to give people a chance to vote
using a butterfly ballot. The folks at the vlog Why Tuesday? were there
to capture the experiences of the “voters.” You can check out their video here.

Some “voters” had no problems; others were very confused.
The lessons here: ballot design and device-interface really matter, and testing
across a diverse population is a critical step when developing any new
voting systems and devices — digital or otherwise.

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