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Board of Elections Criticized Over Tiny Font

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WNYC

Several good government groups and local politicians are taking on the New York City Board of Elections over their decision to use a tiny font on the ballot for the general election next month.

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Prior to November Elections, Council Members Say Voting Issues Remain a Concern

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Some elected officials plan to use the coming weeks before the November elections to draw attention to problems at the voting booth.

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The Empire

Machine Casts Phantom Votes in the Bronx, Invalidating Real Ones: Report

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A machine malfunction that caused phantom votes led votes to go uncounted in the 2010 elections in the South Bronx, according to a new report.

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The Takeaway

Voters Across the Country Face Controversial Ballots

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Next week voters in Ohio, Mississippi and Maine will face a number of controversial ballot measures — from collective bargaining to health care to voting and abortion. In Ohio, a law limiting the collective bargaining of public employees is up for repeal. In Mississippi, they are fiercely debating whether a fertilized egg should be declared a person. Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's political website It's a Free Country, joins previews these issues and talks about the potential impact on the 2012 election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Designing Clearer Ballots

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Assemblyman from New York's 74th district Brian Kavanagh discusses legislation he is unveiling today to overhaul the NYS ballot, making it easier to read and use correctly. Also joining us is Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, Larry Norden.

→ Read More, Listen, See an Interactive Ballot, and Add Your Comments at It's A Free Country

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Case of the Missing (200,000) Votes

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the discovery of nearly 200,000 unreported votes from the election night totals of the November elections.

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How Do You Lose Nearly 200,000 Votes?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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This calls into question the whole validity of the process and as someone from the Brennan Center pointed out, even if it doesn't change the results, it may change how candidates react to the preliminary results. Do you challenge them or not? Do you take formal action if it turns out the election was much more close than you thought it was?

- Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Ballot Designs Across the Country Ten Years After 'Hanging Chads'

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Ballot design has been a hot button issue every election year since the controversial 2000 elections, which saw George W. Bush narrowly win the presidency. That year, many voters in Palm Beach, Florida said they voted for Al Gore, when in actuality their votes wound up counted for someone else, due to the confusing design of the butterfly ballots used there.

Now, ten years later, with the help of Jessica Friedman Hewitt, we'll look at the problems that still exist with today's ballots and how they can still be improved.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ballot Design

Monday, November 01, 2010

Jessica Friedman Hewitt, former managing director of AIGA's Design for Democracy, looks at the ballot that will be used in tomorrow's general election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Back of the Ballot

Monday, November 01, 2010

Alex Camarda, director of public policy and advocacy at Citizens Union, explains the charter revision initiatives found on the reverse side of the paper ballot.

»» Read It's A Free Country's guide to your ballot choices and share your thoughts

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Reports of Voting Problems Citywide

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The city's first primary day with the new paper ballot system has been bumpy, to say the least. Problems have been reported throughout the five boroughs, and Mayor Bloomberg himself called it a “royal screw-up.”  A lot of the problems had to do with the new voting machines that use optical scanning instead of levers to count votes. Some listeners told WNYC that their experience went smoothly, but far more said they had trouble reading the small print, there wasn't enough privacy, the ballot design was confusing, scanners were broken, and, the blooper we feel takes the cake: a few polling stations were even missing ballots.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Vignettes

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Charles BlowNew York Times visual Op-Ed columnist; Julie Lasky, editor of the Change Observer channel at Design Observer and former editor-in-chief of I.D.; and Milton Glaser, designer of the "I [Heart] NY" logo check in throughout the day to talk about the design of the new voting system.

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Election Watchdogs Positioned to Record Voting Mishaps Caused By New Ballots

Monday, September 13, 2010

Voting rights advocates are poised with poll watchers, online surveys and phone hotlines to record what they think is going to be a chaotic day as New York City residents try out new electronic voting machines for the first time in the September 14 primary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Ballot Box

Monday, September 13, 2010

Juan Carlos "J.C." Polanco, NYC Board of Elections commissioner, walks Brian through the new voting methods for tomorrow's elections. Then Jessica Friedman Hewitt, former managing director of AIGA's Design for Democracy, looks at the design of new ballot that will be used in tomorrow's New York primary.

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