Election design concepts

These concepts for improving the accessibility of elections were developed during the two accessible election design workshops in January and February, 2012. A set of voter persona sketches were helpful in thinking about the needs of voters with disabilities.

Preparing for and learning about elections

 A National Standardized Framework
A best practices design for elections sites, making information consistent across election departments, so that it is easier for everyone to find. Content includes voter registration, poll locations, election dates and hours.

Personal Voting Guidance System  posterPersonal Voting Guidance System
A personalized experience that promotes effective voter participation from the start of the campaign to casting a vote. It starts any time a voter is motivated to participate. This makes it easier for a new voter to become engaged.

Adaptive Voting Toolkit
Enhancing community voting participation and knowledge through education and training starting in grammar school. The students are taught about both elections and disabilities. High school students work as poll workers for their community service requirements.

Communicating with the elections department

Express Voting Profiles
Voters can maintain a profile with preferences for receiving information. The profile can also store information about their accessibility needs.


Voter Assistants
A rich support system created by extending current use of social networking with certified volunteer election help providers.


Voting in-person, remotely, or a mix

Sample Ballot and Information Transfer System
Voters receive a sample ballot, which they can mark in advance, either on paper or electronically. They bring the ballot to the polling place to cast it.


Rich Ballot Experience
For remote voting, the focus is on being able to vote any time, anywhere,  anyway by anyone. Voting starts by downloading a ballot rich with helpful support marking, reviewing, verifying, and printing the ballot.


Ballot design

Concept analysis for an improved ballot design, focusing on ways to make the ballot easier for voters to understand. Including separating the contests in levels of government, providing richer information, and making the ballot navigation more linear.


Marking  the Ballot: Separate display from data
This concept focused on separating the front-end display from the back-end source for the ballot and the casting system, so it could be made available in many different formats.


Physical access to the polling place and ballot

The Universal Polling Place
A pilot project to develop and test a polling place for a universal voting experience, while keeping it convenient and cost effective.


Easy Adjust Arm
Related drawing sketched design concepts for an electronic screen with better flexibility for position and how it is held.