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Thursday, March 24, 2011
By Steven L. Taylor

Last year, after an opportunity to witness Colombia’s congressional elections first hand, I noted that there was some clear confusion on the part of both voters and poll workers/vote counters regarding the ballot’s format.  See, for example, Ballot Design (and Voter Knowledge) Matters.

One of the problems was confusion over the way that voters should vote for candidate preferences for parties with open lists.

For the 2011 local elections (set for October of this years) a redesigned (really, reorganized) ballot will be used (click for a larger image):

2011 Asamblea Antioquia

While this may not solve all of the issues noted in the above-linked post, it should be far more intuitive in terms of the open list issue.

More info:  here.

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One Response to “Ballot Reform in Colombia”

  1. Fruits and Votes » Prof. Shugart's Blog » Colombia’s re-design of its open-list ballot Says:

    [...] Taylor offers a look at a re-design of the ballot for the upcoming municipal elections in Colombia, which might help with some problems of voter [...]


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