Election Design Fellows are communication designers who assist
states in the design of election materials, such as ballots, voter
registration forms and educational websites. Fellows help to
improve election accuracy and citizen experience, with respect to
each state's local laws and election equipment, by implementing the
election reforms mandated by the Federal Election Commission's
Help America Vote Act of
2002 (HAVA) and the ballot and polling
place design guidelines suggested by AIGA Design for Democracy and
the U.S. Election Assistance
Design for Democracy partners with
Secretaries of State and election officials to recruit, select and
support well-qualified designers for termed, open positions. The
program was initiated in Oregon in 2006 under the leadership of
John Lindback, the state's chief election official and a Design for
Democracy advisor, and in 2008 was introduced in the state of
Washington, under election director Nick Handy.
AIGA is currently recruiting for an Election Design Fellow in Olympia, Washington. Details of the position are available by downloading a PDF of the 2013 position description; applications are due June 20, 2013.
Please contact Design for Democracy.
Sarah Higgins served as Washington State’s Election Design Fellow from 2011–2013, under contract
to the office of the Washington Secretary of State. She assisted the state in the creation of bilingual ballots and voter
information materials to help counties keep diversely growing
populations informed. She worked with print vendors on
continued efforts in ballot design reform, and with state
employees on the visual redesign of an online voter registration tool.
Jessi Long served as Oregon’s Election Design Fellow from 2010–2011, under contract to the
office the Oregon Secretary of State. She worked to help the state move beyond the
election design reforms developed during the tenure of previous Fellows
to increase registration and voter participation, including the redesign of election-related
Jenny Greeve served as Washington State’s first Election Design Fellow from 2010–2011 under contract to the office of the Washington Secretary of State, Sam Reed. She worked to redesign the state voter registration form and educate local officials about design resources, such as Design for Democracy’s top 10 election design guidelines.
Sarrah Elizondo served as Oregon’s third Election Design Fellow from 2009–2010 by continuing her predecessor’s ballot design reform efforts and helping the state in its commitment to bringing election materials online. An award-winning designer, Elizondo brought to the position her experience in print gained at a California design firm, as well as her experience with interactive tools gained at Intuit and a bachelor’s degree in art and design from California Polytechnic State University.Amy Vainieri served as Oregon’s second Election Design Fellow in 2008-2009, significantly advancing ballot design reform efforts and updating election manuals. She brought design firm experience, an MFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her thesis work–exploring presidential candidates’ visual branding and alternatives for neutral communication of candidate positions to voters–to the role.Matthew Goodrich served as Oregon’s first Election Design Fellow from 2007–2008.
Design for Democracy applies design to increase civic participation by bringing clarity in the interactions between the U.S. government and its citizens.
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Since 2000, Design for Democracy's ballot and election design project has worked to make voting easier and more accurate for all U.S. citizens.
The following ballot and election design tools and resources may be useful to election officials, legislators, equipment providers, printers, designers and press.
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election design, students
This case study discusses the two-year project that resulted in
AIGA's national ballot and
polling place design guidelines , developed on behalf of the
Learn more about the jurors’ thoughts on this 2013 “Justified” selection.
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AIGA invites all designers and creatives to participate in a virtual Town Hall to solve social issues in our communities by developing tangible engagement tools and generating new, productive conversations.
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design thinking, advocacy, social responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion
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