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By connecting several concepts and methodes we get a network which fits best everyones individual needs.

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By browsing several concepts it appeared to me, that it is still a problem to assure privacy.

Many concepts deal with new technologies and the possibility to verify oneself as entitled to vote withdriver's license or the like.

I think this solution can not guarantee privacy because one can be traced back with this kind of identification and the IP-number of electonic devices.

Furthermore it maybe a problem that new technologies – no matter how intuitiv they seem – are not understandable for everyone. Some elderly don`t even know what`s the Internet.

In my opinion, there can not be the ONE solution. I think the best result will be achieved by connecting several concepts and methods to fit best the individual needs of everyone.

First of all you have to find out more about the individual needs. That can be done by using the common but improved system of the absantee ballot.

In the first step a pre-printed form is send to every voter, where he has the possibility to request certain materials which fit best his needs. He can choose step by step (language, kind of disability, kind of electronic device, etc.) the best fitting alternative and ask for further information about the chosen voting process, candidats, parties, certain political issues and so on. That can be: flyers, cds, videos etc. Thus he builds his own voting-kit. 

Furthermore you can create an online-kit which stores several materials. Institutes like hospitals, nursing homes etc. have an access to this database and thus can print as much as they need and give out to their residents. Or download a informative video etc. According to the idea of Cansu.

Some examples:

- A person who is used to handle a certain electonic device, but is not able to get to a polling station can ask for a Id-code. This code assures privacy, because it can not be traced back, but also indentifies him as entitled to vote. Similar to the TAN system of online banking.

- Another, maybe elderly person, can ask for furhter information about a certain issue and choose the common absantee ballot. So there wont be any reservation or hesitancy, because they are familiar with this system and trust in it.

- People with a physical disability have the choice to appoint their private poll worker. This can be a daughter, a neighbor, a caregiver, anyone they trust in. These person is bounded to silence about the vote and can be send a helpful voting-kit for poll workers. And who is more qualified to help and trust in than a person who knows their needs so well.

Another possibility is to ask for a official poll worker. I think sometimes the best „device“ is a human being.

Thus, with the connection of several methodes we get a network which fits best everyones individual needs.

How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?

Using this concept voters will be informed and prepared, lets say, six to three month before election day. And they have the possibility to choose the best fitting voting-package. Voters feel better integrated and thus are more likely to vote. This can have a positive effect on voters participation in general.

How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?

Voters have the possibility to choose different ways of voting at each election. Being build on a multitude of components the concept is very variable.

What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?

The concept builds on already existing structures. Thus the effort for improvals is not that big, because a certain know-how is given. Plus you can give the voter the possibility to propose further improvals. In addition you can run workshop for poll workers and private volunteers. An app has to be invented which works on different electonic devices.

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Thanks for your interest, Cansu.
Perhaps I didn`t convey it clearly enough.
Not everyone should get all of this stuff in the first step. In the first step a pre-printed form is send to every voter, where he has the possibility to request certain materials which fit best his needs. For example you have no access to the www but you have a video-recorder, etc.
Similar to the second picture I uploaded, but better designed.

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Oh yes I see now. This kit can also be sent to hospitals or elderly homes, not to each individual. You know what, it could also be sent 'online' to these kind of institutions, and they would print as much as they need:)

Photo of An Old Friend

Nice idea! I like it!

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Great discussion, guys! Helena – be sure to incorporate any feedback & new thoughts that you're keen on into your actual concept post to acknowledge your idea is evolving through these collaborative conversations.

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