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a rating database for electoral officials to refer and voters to give feedback – would help us understand the constraints and strengths of different voting systems and help implement the effective ones in lesser time frame .

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Ratings based on various parameters and constraints for every state to build upon and decide the best practice.

Highlite Potential Challenges Posed by Various Voting Methods and RATE THEM Alternative Voting Methods and Accommodations Provide Options, but Also Present Access and Implementation ChallengesRATE THEM on the basis of implementation and cost constraints.

In huge democracies the irony is the -good and the bad practices exist together, but it takes a while for people to identify and implement.

Technologies have helped us minimise these distances, connect missing links and manifold growth as if a epidemic and its fascinating how certain things TIP in no time.

While trying to understand the USA election voting process online (for myself) , all this while , I felt slightly lost because it seems what works at one place is not working at other !

On paper all the options are available and yet there are complaints about a blind voter returning without being able to vote ( )

There is already online voting, voting my mail, absentee voting, early voting but at places its working and at places its not.

There are different practices at different states and at places VBM has shown good response compared to others.

What can be learned from Oregon VBM (Who Votes by Mail?- attached pdf )

Some states say e-voting is better and some say paper ballot is more fraud proof compared to e-voting machines.

Counties Are Generally Responsible for Assuring Polling Place Accessibility, but Practices Vary……

While trying to understand the missing gaps all through various links and references provided by OPEN IDEO and challenge brief -

I wished I could find a website which would highlite what is the best practice so far for people with dementia or partial impairment and build upon that –in a simple format and not documents - as simple as info-graphics. Infographics and data visualization so that it doesn’t take for ever to comprehend the information.

What can one learn from the mistake of another ? and how quick before loosing any more vote counts !!

Lets us use technology with info graphics, data visualization to rate different voting practices at different situations, constraints and implement the best ones to get quick results manifold with effective implementation .

Rate different practices for different user group ( accessible , rural , military etc .)

Highlight defects of every practice /mode

Disclosed immediately to electoral officials and public.

Election officials would benefit from such database which is online.

Voters can go and give their feedback  !



InkaVote Plus Voting System Access Review - Noel Runyan and Jim Tobias ,January 2, 2008

VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES, Access to Polling Places and Alternative Voting Methods


inspiration - websites based on data visualisation and infographics:-

How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?

with the help of a rating system with parameters like - *good for elderly *good for visually impaired *user friendly but prone to fraud *cost effective but tendency to breakdown during election day etc *would require assistance or no assistance *easy to count ballots will help everyone to stay informed and not repeat mistakes and hence implement effective voting systems in given time and money for everyone .

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

The database will work as reference for different county’s to validate different voting systems and learn from the good and bad practices owing to implementation, technology and user friendliness respectively. Depending upon the ratings one could judge the most appropriate option for their state or mix match to get maximum votes.

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

Time : To collect relevant and comprehensive information and data about existing practices in different states. The updates ought to be done on regular basis. Money : To facilitate the database and human resource. Technology : Use various tools to collect information, map information ,videos , etc to have information to be able to rate them. People : experts on data visualization , mapping information , graphic designers and a user friendly website interface. • Funding sources : After going through various pdfs I feel there is already active effort in data collection. The same could be integrated or build upon for the database in collaboration with already established resources like : • National Disability Rights Network • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section • AARP • National Council on Aging • National Institute on Aging (of the National Institutes of Health) • National Institute of Mental Health (of the National Institutes of Health) • American Foundation for the Blind • American Association of People with Disabilities • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

My Virtual Team

I have taken the liberty to map all the shorlisted concepts with an assumption that the national database already exists -the vitrual team hence comprises of all the shorlisted concepts ! Due to shortage of time the ratings are more on intuitive level and missed on mapping some of the concepts like -design for onboarding and clubed ( sorry ) and clubbed some concepts together like disperse the queue +priority queue and accessibility map as improved polling place. The concept is build upon but not limited to - and other resourceful links provided by the open ideo team and google ; )


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Photo of Meena Kadri

I like how you've built this concept based on clarifying your own confusion. Turning a negative into a positive – way to go!

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

It is indeed a great way to go. I love how you build upon not only your confusion (which I share as Paul too), but your attempt to clarify it. Great extensive research. I also agree with you that the diversity of practices across states is also an important element (not always easy to understand) and being able to get a snap shot view can be valuable, even for American citizens. I can imagine something like a travel guides with a set of criteria that would be standards. This might even help sharing best practices and standards across counties.
I also like your use of visualization.

Photo of mamta gautam

Dear Anne, in my attempt to understand the whole process, i felt that there are issues at implementation level in some states which in turn affects the final percentage of people who could or could not vote. I feel the database would help in getting clearer picture on ground . However tying up the whole thing at national level would need collaborations from within sates and between states . I am also concerned about the political limitations of the same , as in would one state like the other state to follow their footsteps ! Thanks , i am fan of data visualization as i myself don't like reading data beyond a point !!