MyVote Smartphone App (Refined)
MyVote is a smartphone application concept designed to enable mobile voting from anywhere in the world.
MyVote provides four key benefits to how we vote in America today.
Flexibility – MyVote will allow citizens to participate in elections from anywhere in the world. They may vote at their convenience and take as much time as they need.
Integration – To meet the needs of everyone, multiple voting options will always be required. MyVote will join the elections ecosystem as one voting option among several.
Retention – MyVote will provide easy access to the voting system which will increase voter participation. The convenience of the service will increase return voters and even promote participation in less popular votes.
Extension – MyVote will open new opportunities for other service and experience innovations around voting in the digital/technology, mobile, and social spaces.
Tenets serve as guiding principles and validate design choices made along the way.
Simplicity – The application should be easy to use. The experience should be limited to the core features designed for the purpose of voting and refrain from unnecessary bloating.
Transparency – The application should communicate effectively and efficiently. The design should help guide users in understanding where they are, what they are doing, and where they are going.
Accessibility – The design should adhere to accessibility and usability standards.
Privacy – The application should enable a private registration and voting experience. The design should provide appropriate information and control of stored and shared data on the device as well as within the system.
Security – The application should be fully secure not only for the individual registrant but for the overall voting system.
How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?
The iPhone provides a solid framework for accessibility enabled by the device as well as the human interaction guidelines.
Mobile & Hearing Impairment – The nature of the iPhone itself solves for these issues. The device is portable and consists of a visual screens.
Vision Impairment – The iPhone offers several options available for different degrees of sight including: a screen reader, magnification, high contrast, and speak selection.
Physical Impairment – The iPhone offers several options available for different degrees of motor capabilities including: speak selection, and assistive touch.
Language Translation – The iPhone allows users to select their preferred language. MyVote will provide translations for relevant languages and users will be enabled to vote in their own language.
How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?
The momentum mobile technology has been accruing over the last several years is going to continue to rapidly advance. The need for a mobile system in which people may vote should be made safe and easy to access from anywhere at any time.
What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?
After exploring the key features of the app, there are still major topics to consider.
Security – This app must be safe and secure, not only for individuals, but for the system. We must ensure every vote is counted once and is submitted by an individual citizen. A mobile security expert will need to be consulted.
Integration – This app should integrate into the existing voting system without having to make significant alterations to the system itself. This topic is a policy as well as a technology issue. Experts in these areas should be consulted.
Ownership – Who should be responsible for the development of this app, government or private interests? There is an argument made for either.
Perception – How will the public respond to the release of this app? What measure can we take to ensure a positive reaction and utilization of this tool?
Design – There remains several gaps in the design that need attention after consulting with the appropriate experts. Interaction and visual design needs to address accessibility and usability with thorough testing.
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Thank you Jake Zukowski for critiquing my work!