Ballots, including electronic ballots, should be understandable.
- The voter interface of an e-voting system shall be understandable and easily usable.
- Accessible ballot papers and facilities should be available at the time of voting. Information about accessibility of voting procedures, ballots and facilities, through communications in easy-to-read and to understand formats, should be largely disseminated in advance, in order to encourage citizens to participate in political and public life.
- Voting procedures should not be cumbersome or complicated so as to hinder the voting process.
- [V]oting procedures must be simple
- Ballots should be designed as simply as possible and should be easy for voters to understand and fill out.
- The maintenance and development of genuine democracy require the existence and strengthening of free, independent, pluralistic, and responsible journalism. This requirement is reflected in the need for journalism to: submit the exercise of the various types of powers to continuous and critical examination.
- The ballot should be easy to fill out for the voter...
- The complexity or simplicity of the ballot directly affects the efficiency of the voting process.
- Ballots should be worded with absolute clarity and be identical in all languages.
- If NVT are used in polling stations, they should not be the exclusive method of voting, as less computer-literate voters may have problems operating NVT systems. In such cases, citizens should be provided with the option to use paper ballots if they wish.
- NVT systems should be designed in such a way that they are easily understandable for voters and relatively simple to use.
- All candidates or parties contesting the election should be given an equal amount of space on the electronic ballot and it should be possible to see all of the available choices at the same time before the ballot is cast. Ballots that exceed the size of the screen, thus requiring the voter to scroll or change screens to see the entire range of choices, have the potential to confuse voters and to create bias in favour of contestants that are displayed first.
- Ballots should be designed as simply as possible and should be easy for voters to understand and fill out. Complex ballot papers can cause confusion for voters and may also delay voting and counting.