Concept: Ballot Design Concepts
For Ballot Design
About this concept
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Ballot design concept analysis
- Federal, local, referendums, etc. are divided into manageable, controllable sections
- Candidate photos are displayed to ensure correct recognition
- Additional information blurbs can be displayed within the screen, thus flow can’t be interrupted or confused
- Completion bar is displayed so that voters understand WHERE they are in the vote casting process
- Linear operation is ensured through simplistic, limited options or buttons, reducing chance for error and prompting completion of the form.
Ballot marking screen concepts
- Easy adjust arm: low-resistance articulating system can enable voters equitable access
- Audio input jack: headphone jack can be paired with both provided and personal assistive technology
- Touch screen display: enables soft-touch, adjustable user interface display
- Textured navigation buttons: allow for simple navigation for the visually-impaired
- Detachable info button: enables those with and without visual impairment and dexterity disabilities secondary information and auxiliary access.
Principles of Universal Design
1: Equitable Use
- Voters can change and customize the interface as they want to in the intro screen, has an audio guide to aide visually impaired voters.
- Information button is provided to ensure all voters have access to candidate, security, and voting process information.
2: Flexibility in Use
- Information buttons are located close to users for access regardless of physical state, the audio guide is adjustable in speed, and large-sized buttons are included.
- Side buttons on machine provide easy to use, non-precision requiring use.
3: Simple and Intuitive Use
- Touch screen is straightforward to use even with people not familiar with computers, as it doesnt require any gestures/swipes to operate.
- Language options are provided, and feedback about errors voters make and completion percentage.
4: Perceptible Information
- Provides an audio and tactile feedback guide into the process, as well as options for provided, or personal assistive technology.
5: Tolerance for Error
- Reviews at each section to show possible errors along the process, pages at the end are displayed for undervotes, giving voters a chance to revise. This enables a one directional flow. It is easy to navigate back to the main page at any time.
6: Low Physical Effort
- Physical information button enables those with impaired motor control and those who experience fatigue from current machines benefit from the moveable screen, moving it closer to voters.
7: Size & Space for Approach and Use
- Adjustable display allows for wheelchair access, touch screen and large buttons allow for easier access, and adjustable font size, and contrast meet different needs.