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Why are Mass. ballots the "wrong" colors?

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  March 6, 2012 02:04 PM

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If you voted in the Republican or Democratic primary today you probably noticed that color schemes were different from what we are used to with the two major parties. The Democratic ballot is red and the Republican ballot is blue. Well, it has been that way for a long, long time and it probably will not change any time soon.

“It’s always been that way but I don’t know when it began,” said Brian McNiff, spokesman for Secretary of State Bill Galvin.

McNiff could not pinpoint exactly when it started but he believes it has something to do with the change in how ballots were tallied.

“Nowadays the only parts of the ballot that are colored are the header. Back when they were paper ballots they were colored. They are designed for being viewed electronically now as opposed to being hand counted,” he said

There are no plans to change the color coding of the ballots according to McNiff.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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