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Voter Friendly and Interactive Signage

This concept is floated to explore the possibilities of making polling place signage both more friendly to ALL voters and interactive for those voters for whom this would improve accessibility.

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Based on discussions in the Priority Queues space - can we make signage at polling booths more voter friendly, especially for voters with accessibility issues?

First a small anecdote -
Once during a dinner with friends in a local restaurant (after a few drinks) I confidently approached the doors to the toilets priding myself on my ability to recognise the languages written on the doors. As I emerged I was surprised to see a lady applying makeup in the mirror in the hand washing area. Hastening back to my table I realised I had focused too much on reading the words on the door sign rather than their meaning. This was about 40 years ago before the common use of recognisable symbolic graphics.

Universally recognisable symbols are very useful for signage and help to convey meaning with few words. This is one way in which signage can be made more user friendly but as Daniel Castro pointed out in the discussion to which I referred above - what if the voter can't see the sign?

The major elements of discussion (so far) are:
Is there a way to incorporate audio into signage (cheaply)?
Some suggestions floated so far include - scan-able QR codes and/or a mobile number that linked to audio information, emboss the signage and or incorporate piezoelectric or cheap mp3 audio like is used in greeting cards, inexpensive intercom / question box attached to building accesses.

Alternatives to QR Codes
Blippar and Aurasma - utilising some agreed standard images on paper in the polling place context. Does anyone have experience/expertise with these?

All discussion around these excellent questions posed/inspired by Daniel Castro is very welcome.

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Hi Paul. Many blind people actually do use GPS to help them find an address. As you probably know, there are a number of low cost GPS apps now available for smart phones. However, not everybody has or can afford a smart phone and when it comes to finding obstacles in our path most blind people depend on a long white cane or guide dog. Both tools provide an efficient (and cheap in the case of the cane) means for detecting obstacles and getting around them. Finally, when I need information that is provided by inaccessible signage and I can't access the information through some othe means, I simply ask a nearby person. It's the cheapest means of all!

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