Ballot Box Device- Adapt to VOTER'S Individual CELL PHONES
Every voter has different needs. Around 85% of disabled Americans have their own personal cell phone device that they are comfortable with using, and adapt to their needs- the voting process can utilize these mobile devices.
The problem with current voting machines is that not only are they confusing and intimidating to use, most people are forced to adapt and learn the new device technology on one special occasion, and also in such a short time period. It takes into account that all users have different needs and most users are already experts on their own personal mobile device.
The Ballot Box is a device similar the Square device that collects credit card information using a audio input jack on cell phones. It is a low-tech coded program that could launch on your cell phone- smart phone or not. This is an alternative to people voting by way of pen and paper, yet still provides a physical way of information that can be recorded, collected, discreet, and not replicated. This program would also eliminate the need for assistance, because voters understand how to use their own electronic devices.
How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?
This concept is can be applied universally because, you don't have to be handicapped to be seen using this option. It erases the perception of clunky electronic devices being specialized only 'for the disabled.' It allows all mobile device users (90% of Americans, or 85% of disabled) to use the technology they work with every day. This recognizes that mobile users have a prior knowledge of how to use their own program- so it lowers the confusion. The program would also launch a voting program that would ask one question at a time, rather than overwhelming the user with all questions on a singular page.
How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?
This concept was designed to be able to adapt to all kinds of cell phones. It recognizes that technology, trends, and cell phones will change- so it's just a program that can be re-used or rewritten for any 'new'/updated cell phone.
What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?
This device would have to be mass produced in order to successfully work, but could potentially be more cost effective than several giant (clunky) devices that try to be the 'one-fits-all' model. The technology would have to be developed for different kinds of cellular phones- text based (NOKIAs), smart phone, or flip phones- but the government could recruit/pay the developers to write the program.
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February 23, 2012,