The best thing about Cook County politics...

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...is the ballot. After the 2000 election disaster--it's possible that George W. Bush was president for eight years because of bad graphics design--Marcia Lausen of UIC volunteered on behalf of the professional design organization AIGA to redesign Cook County's ballots as part of AIGA's Design for Democracy project.

The NYT has a great interactive graphic about AIGA's work; earlier this year Chicago Magazine looked at the improvements for the Cook County ballot, and there's some useful advice to be had. Business Week has a podcast with Lausen, and she's also got a book.

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