What was cool was being able to use the new DRE voting interfaces. Cook County uses the Sequoia AVC Edge with Verivote Printer model. Thus there is a paper trail. I was confident that the interface would be well designed, because Veronica Belsuzarri, former UIC student and Design for Democracy alum did the work. Whitney Quesenbery had also observed the usability testing of the system, so it met the criteria for user-centered design using the best design system in the country. Tee Hee.
The ballot was available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. From earlier versions of the interface, they had rounded the boxes and buttoms, so that it had greater affordance of ATM interfaces. It was easy to navigate, even between the review screens and the voting screens. The paper trail was interesting because it ran as an enclosed receipt on the side. You had to confirm your acceptance of the paper receipt on the electronic interface. I am fascinated by how they programed the interaction between those two mechanisms. It had the headphones for audio voting and the special navigation buttons for those with low visibility.
Only two complaints:
There was a computer error message that popped up after I had pressed the button to cast my vote. I called over one of the election judges, who took a photograph with her camera phone of the screen. That part was a little scary because I wondered if I would lose my vote. But we clicked the continue button and my vote was confirmed, so all was well.
The design was rather drab with the white background. The great thing about electronic interfaces is that you have the ability to use color and more interesting graphics.
But all in all, it was a great voting experience. If only, I had better candidates to vote for it would have been perfect.