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Design defects in ballots, voter instruc­tions, and voting machines contrib­uted to the loss of several hundred thou­sand votes in the most recent national elec­tions. In addi­tion, in the 2008 and 2010 general elec­tions combined, as many as 400,000 people had their absentee or provi­sional ballot rejec­ted because they made tech­nical mistakes complet­ing forms or prepar­ing and return­ing the envel­ope. This compre­hens­ive study outlines simple meas­ures elec­tion offi­cials can take before Novem­ber to cure design defects and ensure every voter can cast a ballot that counts.