Voting comes to you
online websites and iOS/Android apps which would allow people to vote and research candidates from their own homes as well as implementing these options into polling locations. The apps and websites would be available in multiple languages with video
By creating a new voting system, it gives people the opportunity to vote from anywhere with multiple tools for learning and accessability. Starting with a voting website and iOS/Android app, this would allow voters to vote from home or anywhere that has an internet connection. These sites would also feature the information from each candidate about the issues they believe in and their stance, videos from debates, and polling information. The website/app would be secured as is currently being done with using iPads to vote for people who need help with accessibility in Oregon. The government would be responsible for the security as they are with voting in person or by mailed ballot.
How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?
The website/app would allow users who have difficulty with reading or language skills the ability to have the text spoken to them at any time in multiple languages as chosen from the main page. It would also have many of the functions of the iOS accessibility features included when needing help with seeing (spoken text as you click on the screen) as well as voice commands built in as explained as you enter the site. By bringing voting into the home environment it allow users who would not have the ability to vote in a normal polling location to vote on their own terms.
How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?
I think this concept is highly adaptable because it gives the user the ability to have all the information they need to vote in one place. By allowing the user to research each candidate with information coming from the candidate and not a biased 3rd party, it gives greater freedom of choice. Many people who do not follow debates or campaigns would then be able to get information on the views of the candidate, see videos from debates and be able to see links from other sources in the media.
By allowing the user to choose their own language at the start they can tailor their experience and not have to struggle with the ability to understand. This will allow voting to reach communities which may not vote because of these barriers.
The other group which will become voters would be people from 18-29 who tend to not follow politics in the same way that the 30+ year old voters do. By making the experience complete and interactive, it allows the younger user to get all their information in one place and become part of the process.
What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?
Time is a big one in creating a design which many people from many different parts of the country from different demographics can relate to.
Technology, money, people, partnerships and government approval would also be very important factors as well.