Concept: Marking the Ballot
Separate the front-end display from the back-end system
About this concept
The text that follows describes the concept presentation poster
A system where the ballot is accessible should provide many of the modes (keyboard, touch screen, voice) to accommodate people with different abilities. It is accessed:
- on various platforms
- from anywhere
- from trustable sources
A diagram shows a trusted source for the ballot definition leading to a variety of devices: a personal computer for download, a printer, a mail-in envelope, tablet app, and a traditional voting booth.
A second diagram shows all of the devices surrounding an image of a ballot. Some of the images are matched to one of the workshop voter personas:
- Charlie, who is uncomfortable in crowds, votes remotely by phone
- Tasha, who is blind and uses a computer independently, votes remotely by marking and printing out the ballot
- Angela, who has quadriplegia from spinal cord injury, uses an accessible tablet
- A way to search for candidates
- Images of the candidates
- Audio/voice output
- Color coding to identify matches from search
- Voice input
- Many modes to accommodate people with different abilities
- The ballot offers preferences for language options
- The instructions are provided in visual and audio form
- Voters can find selections by filtering by first letter
- Voters can fast-forward though the audio interface.
Additional sketches for this concept
The team suggested steps in the process of voting and used them to organize their brainstorming:
- Learn (about the election)
- Get (the ballot)
- (Read) Instructions
- Vote/Make selections
- Review (the ballot)
- Confirm (choices)
- Cast/Vote (the ballot)
The ballot can be marked in many different ways, but all ballots are submitted to the same voting system for casting and counting.
A bar code on the printed ballot is used to read the ballot when it is cast. This makes it quick to cast a ballot that has been pre-marked
The ballot includes instruction in audio and video format. LInks allow video chat with a support staff.
The idea of plain language on the ballot got a lot of attention when the workshop marked the concepts of most interest.
Three sketches of a wizard to allow voters to customize different aspects of the ballot display including the language, images or icons, font sizes, audio output.