During the voting PROCESS where are the MOST people dropping off and finding challenges? Is the PROBLEM primarily about ballot design? Or about legal constraints? Or is the problem around technology?
This challenge has raised a lot of QUESTIONS for me:
- Has anybody done a study to figure out WHERE in the VOTING PROCESS the lion's share of people are dropping off?
- What are the LAWS around ABSENTEE Voting?
- Could more people vote from HOME or from ABROAD?
- Does any county / state / city allow their constituents to VOTE through the WEB?
- What kind of SECURITY would need to be in place around a web-based voting system?
- What is the PROCESS for changing ELECTION-related LAWS?
- Where do governments obtain FUNDING to support the election process?
I also found some organizations that are solving these problems with TECHNOLOGY.
- For instance, Oregon now allows Elderly and Disabled Voters to Vote with I-pads. Although I am not certain if they can vote from home, whether they can use their own I-pads, or whether they have found it easier than the traditional system...
- I also found the Voting Information Project (VIP) which serves as a centralized resource for people across the nation to figure out:
- How to Register
- Where to Vote
- What's on their Ballot
This seems like a great resource to improve access to information. (Although I never heard of it before yesterday - so who knows how much traffic it is actually getting....)
Curious whether anyone in the community knows the answer to these Questions? Seems like there are a lot of variables in this system to design around....