Usability Reports

In 2016, the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center and FairVote partnered with the Center for Civic Design to research best practices for ranked choice ballot design, voter education, and results presentation. The Center for Civic Design wrapped up the first phase of that research in December 2016, which is available below as the "Principles and Guidelines" report. The report provides principles and guidelines for designing ranked choice voting ballots, voter education, and results presentation. The ballot design, voter education, and results presentation testing documents are the materials CCD made for each phase of testing.

We provide links to two more resources on this page as well.

  • The Results Presentation Website is an interactive version of the Results Presentation template CCD created, with both fictional and real life election results included. Real elections include:
    • Santa Fe Mayoral Race, March, 2018
    • Santa Fe City Council District 4 Race, March, 2018
    • Berkeley City Council District 2 Race, November, 2016
    • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, November 2013
  • The Paper Ballots Report, presenting the results of a study of the usability of different designs of paper ballot (multi-column, grid, and handwritten ranks) conducted in Denver in December, 2017.

If you have questions about implementation of any of these recommendations, please contact the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center on our Contact Us page. 

Resources

Reports

Principles and Guidelines Report (2017)

Introducing Ranked Choice Voting Ballots Guide (2018)

Testing Documents

Ballot Design Testing Documents

Voter Education Testing Document

Results Presentation Testing Document

Results Presentation Website

Paper Ballots Report


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