It is a point of contention with the State of Florida. The State of Florida has to have this fixed before we can continue with the phase 2 testing. When I spoke to Mike Lindsey this morning, he is unwilling to schedule the next step until this issue is resolved. The Florida SOS says this is a requirement to be fixed. I would like to get back with Mike for scheduling this afternoon. Do you have an estimate as to when this will be ready.
I believe that everyone knows the importance of getting to the second phase of testing.
Larry J. Dix
Vice President of Operations
Global Election Systems
This is by design -- we even do it with paper ballots. The idea is that its better to squish a race a little than to waste all the ballot real estate in the rest of the column. Back in the VTS days it used to be SOP to print out a ballot and then play with the font settings to fit races into columns.
If its a "point of contention", I we could make the amount we are willing to cram configurable. That would probably be a good idea just in principle -- I have never been comfortable with the hard-coded cram factor even with paper. Some folks will tolerate more cramming than others(1).
That said, what is the basis for the contention? I have seen statutes that say that candidate fonts need to be the same size within a race so that candidates are given a fair shake, but never that races have to be the same font. If this is a statute in Florida, please quote the section so we have it on record.
(1) Florida will want it set low, Five-Point-Frank will want it set high