Concept: Ballot Design Concepts

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Concept 4 (January) Ballot Design Concepts

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Ballot design concept analysis

  1. Federal, local, referendums, etc. are divided into manageable, controllable sections
  2. Candidate photos are displayed to ensure correct recognition
  3. Additional information blurbs can be displayed within the screen, thus flow can’t be interrupted or confused
  4. Completion bar is displayed so that voters understand WHERE they are in the vote casting process
  5. 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.


This concept was created at the Accessible Elections Design Workshop in January, 2012