Our friends at the AIGA sent us some timely and interesting links about their Design For Democracy program. In July 2007 the U.S. Election Assistance Commission accepted AIGA best practice recommendations for ballot and polling place information design. Guidelines and samples were given to 6,000 election officials across the country earlier this year. Typically, ballot design is in the hands of local jurisdictions, with little in the way of effective information design. The resulting ballots can end up being messy and hard to understand. Thanks to Design For Democracy, local jurisdictions now have the tools to apply communication design principles and make voting easier and more comprehensible.

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