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iPad Absentee VotingFor many individuals, even getting to a polling place is out of the question. This post outlines a concept of an iPad running custom voting software that will allow flexible absentee voting in places such as hospitals.
Between the aging of our population, general disabilities,
and wounded veterans coming back from overseas, there are an ever-increasing
number of individuals that are not able to easily make the trip to vote at standard
polling locations. This system hopes to change that.
1. An application is currently under development that has the ability to take electronic ballot information (ideally in an XML format) and reformat it into a highly accessible presentation. This application is a simple, uncluttered presentation of the information and controls needed to complete the ballot and has many accessibility accommodations available including variable font sizes and screen-to-text contrast. The application is also designed to be compatible with a number of assistive technologies (sip and puff systems, joysticks, 2 or 5 button controllers, speech output, and more.)
2. This application can be utilized on any mobile device,
laptop, or even natively on a voting machine, however, our principal idea
involves the use of an Apple iPad. An iPad running this voting application will
be installed into a custom, tamper-proof case outfitted with large tactile
controls. This case will not allow interaction with the "Home" button
on the iPad, removing the ability for users to exit the application.
3. Users can then interact with the application in two ways:
- The handheld iPad in the custom case can be brought to patients who are, for instance, unable to leave their bed. Patients can then interact and mark their ballots via the touch screen, the tactile controls on the iPad case, or another compatible assistive technology.
- The iPad can be installed in a kiosk or semi-permanent stand. The iPad and case will securely lock into the stand to prevent theft or unwelcome interactions. The kiosk itself can have a much more robust set of controls for interacting with the application, including a full keyboard. Users go to the kiosk, mark their ballots using a variety of available methods, and then the final marked ballots can then be sent into polling locations using any permissible submission method, like printing and mailing.
How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?
How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?
What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?
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How well does this concept address the needs of voters who might be excluded from elections today because of a disability, difficulty with languages or reading, limited mobility or other conditions?
|Really well: this concept clearly addresses the needs of voters with different abilities or limitations.|
|Pretty well: this concept addresses some of the needs of voters with different abilities or limitations.|
|Not well: this concept doesn't at all address the needs of voters with different abilities or limitations.|
Thinking about the resources needed to implement this concept, how feasible is this concept for your community? (Hint: resources might be money, time, partnerships, or other inputs needed for implementation)
|This concept is definitely feasible for my community to implement; the resources needed wouldn't be an issue.|
|This concept might be feasible for my community to implement, as long as we could find assistance with some of our resource constraints.|
|This concept is not feasible for my community to implement; it's just too resource-intensive.|
How much of an impact would this concept make on you or your community?
|This concept would clearly have a positive impact on me or my community.|
|This concept might have a positive impact on me or my community, but it's not clear exactly how.|
|This concept would not have a positive impact on me or my community.|
Overall, how do you feel about this concept?
|It rocked my world.|
|I liked it but preferred others.|
|It didn't get me overly excited.|