A polling station map that shows which station can be easily accessed by people in wheelchairs and also shows with which voting mechanisms a station is equipped. Creating awareness and giving information on billboards, sport events, malls, lobbies.
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.
Starting with young people, design training and activities to build on previous knowledge using civic building exercises combined with awareness and empathy exercises to illuminate barriers to the process that exist for many.
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.
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.
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
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 .
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’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.
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.
A crowdsourcing service providing tips, advice, best practice, tools & knowledge from other poll stations around the country & potentially globally to provide support for poll workers to deliver best in class universal design experience for everyone.
(Update of Community Clerks) Underserved communities already have people who know and work with them, and have developed personal relationships. We should train these people to do voter registration, outreach, and education.
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.
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.
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.