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Mobile Phones & Tablets – The Voting Machine for the 21st Century

Smartphones and tablets promises to revolutionize the election process in the 21st Century. Mobile smart phones and tablets are voting machines for those with disabilities in any election that depends on secure and authenticated participation.

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What about poor people like me on a fixed income? I'm on SSI disability and can't afford to upgrade. Even if I get a used 3G or 4G phone off Ebay, I'd still have to pay more $$ to my cellphone service provider to use this technology. I've been with Sprint for almost a decade. I've shopped around and my old-school voice-only service is the cheapest in my region area (without incurring increased dropped calls or poor reception). Your idea has merit, but it should be incorporated with my idea of allowing online voting. A registered voter would access the internet using their cellphone, then enter their SS number as their user_names, their date of birth as the password, then their zip code and registered full name as additional layers of security.

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The people at Mobile Voices (see my inspiration http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/inspiration/accessitiblity-through-community-story-sharing-mobile-voices/) have developed their project to run on regular cell phones rather than smart phones.

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Tony, you've raised some great questions for us to think about, especially as we move into Concepting and think about various constraints that might impact our ideas. For now, while we're still in Inspiration, let's stay broad and open to any stories, existing technologies or innovations that might help spark our thinking. Clearly mobile technology is a common theme in our conversation, but as you say, it might not be the only way to make elections accessible. I'm looking forward to seeing how this conversation develops!

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Mobile devices can be supplied at voting and polling locaitons too. It is not mandated that they be "owned' by those with accessiblity issues, although most with disabilities rely on their mobile devices and have upgraded phones. That said, there are solutions that can also be enabled on feature phones but not an optimal experience. Lots of innovation and technologies to be explored and much is possible. Mobile is our future, becase it can be made much more secure then the desktop internet frought with problems we all know too well regarding security.