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Delivering the Chance to Vote

Just as the postal service does it's rounds, a truck or van can go from house to house to deliver the chance to vote to the people who are unable to make it to the polls for disability reasons.

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People who are physically unable to make it to the polls are forced to use an absentee ballot.  It doesn't seem that an absentee ballot can give the sense of voting to make a difference in a country, nor does it make voting seem more significant then any other check mark a person may make in a little box. 

Let's bring the voting experience to those who are unable to make it to the polls.  A food truck type of machine, this truck actually utilizes it's wheels and drives from house to house where there are people in need of voting assistance.  If these people are unable to make it to the polling areas, chances are they will not be leaving their homes.  The simple truck will give people an experience of voting like no absentee ballot has ever done before. 

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Interesting idea, Laura. Be sure to post it also in the concepting phase, when we move into creating solutions :)

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Arjan, you took the words right out of my mouth! :) Laura, this is a fab idea - be sure to hold on to and repost in Concepting like Arjan suggests. In the meantime, what other delivery methods might offer inspiration for ways to "deliver" the vote to people who can't reach their polling station?

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This already happens in parts of Australia - both mobile polling stations and special polling arrangements in nursing homes and hospitals. It is driven, in part, by the compulsory nature of voting in this country which imposes a mutual obligation on the elector to cast a vote and on the state to provide all electors with voting opportunity.

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DeletedUser

Thanks everyone! Will definitely move this to concepting phase and hopefully draw more inspiration from the system in Australia.

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Here is a link to the Australian Electoral Commission page that talks (briefly) about mobile polling ( http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/ways_to_vote/#mobile ) It is targeted to those who would otherwise be unable to vote.

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