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Online CheckIn - Applied to Voting to Enable Rapid Voting

Just as Southwest Airlines began letting customers skip much of the ticket registration process, so might local election boards improve the process by allowing voters to pre-print and fill out their ballots prior to entering the voting booth.

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Long lines at polling places on election day depresses turnout for everyone and disproportionately adversely affects handicapped voters. A more rapid voting process would benefit everyone, especially the handicapped. 

 Let voters pre-print a ballot online (or get one at a local library, etc.) which they can mark up prior to election day and then cast on election day in a fraction of the time.  In time (as more voters used the system) this would allow for a much more rapid voting process without sacrificing the reliability and accountability of modern paper ballots.


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I think this concept is really compelling, Andy. One thing to consider as it moves forward is weighing the pros and cons of actually printing a final ballot at home, or simply completing the ballot at home and printing out something like a barcode or QR code to bring to the polling place that prints an official ballot for review when you arrive in person and scan your code.

Even easier for some might be being provided with a QR code on a mobile device for scanning at the polling place, instead of being required to print anything. The latest mobile-based airline boarding passes are a great example of this. Here's a quick image example in case people aren't familiar with this technology:

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