Using the existing and ubiquitous ATM network, voters are identified (bank card pin + national identification number to ensure uniquness). Can vote directly or print a securely coded ballot to send or hand-in in person. ATMs are disabled friendly.
Similar to the priority seats in public transport or the priority boarding at airports for elderly and families - there should be a priority queue for voting. It should be for people with disabilities and other limitations.
Use ticketing to reserve a voters place in the queue. After that voters no longer need to remain "in line" but can find a more comfortable way to await their turn to collect a ballot and vote. Special needs voters can be accommodated too.
Voter Help Hub System is a secured network that connects, alerts and coordinates volunteers of areas needing assistance. Information is aggregated from voting survey data indicating disability assistance needs in specific communities to vote.
Every voter has different needs. Around 85% of disabled Americans have their own personal cell phone device that they are comfortable with using, and adapt to their needs- the voting process can utilize these mobile devices.
Make it easy for voters to mark their ballot anywhere, then bring them to the polling place to cast them. Why not make it easy to get a copy of the ballot and mark it anywhere (in any method), then come to the polling place to cast the ballot
THE BUBBLE PROBLEM:
We address the problem on college campuses of how students exist within a bubble, disconnected from current events. Our process integrates the election seamlessly into student’s lives and could feasibly be applied elsewhere.
For many individuals, even getting to a polling place is out of the question. This post outlines a concept of an iPad running custom voting software that will allow flexible absentee voting in places such as hospitals.
Voter’s Voice is a free online platform to allow voters to rate polling stations, suggest improvements, and connect with election officials to advocate for improvements to polling station accessibility, equipment and the general voting experience.
Local banks and healthcare centres are places that most people are familiar with and which have to deal with accessibility issues in their daily business already. They also know how to handle personal information securely.
Today IDEO Palo Alto hosted a brainstorm for our Voting Challenge. We were particularly curious about how polling places could be redesigned to make the process of waiting in line and casting a ballot less confusing and rushed, and more private.
If we're already filing our taxes with the government online, & even entrust the security of our $$$ through electronic (ATMs, credit card scanners, bank records) & online/mobile (banking, bill payment,shopping,investing, etc.) means, why not voting?
Given the wide nature of accessibility to the Internet these days, online balloting would make it easy for all voters to access their specific ballot style without the concern of transmitting votes through the web.