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NATIONAL DATABASE FOR RATING VOTING SYSTEM (updated )

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 .

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Ratings based on various parameters and constraints for every state to build upon and decide the best practice.

Highlite Potential Challenges Posed by Various Voting Methods and RATE THEM Alternative Voting Methods and Accommodations Provide Options, but Also Present Access and Implementation ChallengesRATE THEM on the basis of implementation and cost constraints.

In huge democracies the irony is the -good and the bad practices exist together, but it takes a while for people to identify and implement.

Technologies have helped us minimise these distances, connect missing links and manifold growth as if a epidemic and its fascinating how certain things TIP in no time.

While trying to understand the USA election voting process online (for myself) , all this while , I felt slightly lost because it seems what works at one place is not working at other !

On paper all the options are available and yet there are complaints about a blind voter returning without being able to vote (http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2012/american-association-of-people-with-disabilities-says-id-law-unfair )

There is already online voting, voting my mail, absentee voting, early voting but at places its working and at places its not.

There are different practices at different states and at places VBM has shown good response compared to others.

What can be learned from Oregon VBM (Who Votes by Mail?- attached pdf )

Some states say e-voting is better and some say paper ballot is more fraud proof compared to e-voting machines.

Counties Are Generally Responsible for Assuring Polling Place Accessibility, but Practices Vary……

While trying to understand the missing gaps all through various links and references provided by OPEN IDEO and challenge brief -

I wished I could find a website which would highlite what is the best practice so far for people with dementia or partial impairment and build upon that –in a simple format and not documents - as simple as info-graphics. Infographics and data visualization so that it doesn’t take for ever to comprehend the information.

What can one learn from the mistake of another ? and how quick before loosing any more vote counts !!

Lets us use technology with info graphics, data visualization to rate different voting practices at different situations, constraints and implement the best ones to get quick results manifold with effective implementation .

Rate different practices for different user group ( accessible , rural , military etc .)

Highlight defects of every practice /mode

Disclosed immediately to electoral officials and public.

Election officials would benefit from such database which is online.

Voters can go and give their feedback  !

RERERENCES –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqaWWGlpRtI&feature=related

pdfs-

InkaVote Plus Voting System Access Review - Noel Runyan and Jim Tobias ,January 2, 2008

VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES, Access to Polling Places and Alternative Voting Methods

WHO VOTES BY MAIL?

inspiration - websites based on data visualisation and infographics:-

www.tacticaltech.org.

www.gapminder.org/world.

How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?

with the help of a rating system with parameters like -
*good for elderly
*good for visually impaired
*user friendly but prone to fraud
*cost effective but tendency to breakdown during election day etc
*would require assistance or no assistance
*easy to count ballots
will help everyone to stay informed and not repeat mistakes and hence implement effective voting systems in given time and money for everyone .

How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?

The database will work as reference for different county’s to validate different voting systems and learn from the good and bad practices owing to implementation, technology and user friendliness respectively. Depending upon the ratings one could judge the most appropriate option for their state or mix match to get maximum votes.

What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?

Time : To collect relevant and comprehensive information and data about existing practices in different states. The updates ought to be done on regular basis.
Money : To facilitate the database and human resource.
Technology : Use various tools to collect information, map information ,videos , etc to have information to be able to rate them.
People : experts on data visualization , mapping information , graphic designers and a user friendly website interface.
• Funding sources : After going through various pdfs I feel there is already active effort in data collection. The same could be integrated or build upon for the database in collaboration with already established resources like :
• National Disability Rights Network
• U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
• AARP
• National Council on Aging
• National Institute on Aging (of the National Institutes of Health)
• National Institute of Mental Health (of the National Institutes of Health)
• American Foundation for the Blind
• American Association of People with Disabilities
• Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
• U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

My Virtual Team

I have taken the liberty to map all the shorlisted concepts with an assumption that the national database already exists -the vitrual team hence comprises of all the shorlisted concepts !
Due to shortage of time the ratings are more on intuitive level and missed on mapping some of the concepts like -design for onboarding and clubed ( sorry ) and clubbed some concepts together like disperse the queue +priority queue and accessibility map as improved polling place.

The concept is build upon but not limited to - http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/inspiration/oregon-looks-to-ipads-to-help-disabled-people-vote/
http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/inspiration/-blanke-ark-by-kadabra/
http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/inspiration/less-text-more-sense/
http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/inspiration/election-design-from-design-for-democracy/
and other resourceful links provided by the open ideo team and google ; )

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Congrats on this post joining our Top 20 shortlist Mamta! We were excited to see your concept grow out of your own desire for more learning and information on our topic.

During this Refinement phase, it might be fun to think about how your concept could work in tandem with others in our shortlist, like Lucy's http://bit.ly/xBObFc or Graham's http://bit.ly/wwrQ9i. Let's get specific and start thinking about what this database might look like and do. For more information on specific ways to iterate and update your concept, check http://bit.ly/oi_voterefine and www.bit.ly/oi_refine.

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Thank you OpenIDEO, i am excited to see what this might leed to and how best can it help us address the issue/challenge.

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Great stuff Mamta – we're looking forward to your updates & replies to discussion evolving here.

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Thanks Meena, just updated with limited time in hand , was away ! hope it helps !

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