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In our quick-fire Applause phase, we asked you to help us choose our shortlist by applauding and commenting on your favorite concepts. Read more about how we chose our shortlist.

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Vans equipped with electronic voting machines could make scheduled stops at hospitals and rehab centers allowing people with disabilities to conveniently participate in the voting process.

Vans equipped with electronic voting machines could make scheduled stops at hospitals and rehab centers allowing people with disabilities to conveniently participate in the voting process.

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Mobile devices and apps enable different processes of voting using their multiple ways of input and output. But how can a poll clerk decide which method fits who?

Mobile devices and apps enable different processes of voting using their multiple ways of input and output. But how can a poll clerk decide which method fits who?

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Using the existing and ubiquitous ATM network, voters are identified (bank card pin + national identification number to ensure uniquness). Can vote directly or print a securely coded ballot to send or hand-in in person. ATMs are disabled friendly.

Using the existing and ubiquitous ATM network, voters are identified (bank card pin + national identification number to ensure uniquness). Can vote directly or print a securely coded ballot to send or hand-in in person. ATMs are disabled friendly.

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Similar to the priority seats in public transport or the priority boarding at airports for elderly and families - there should be a priority queue for voting. It should be for people with disabilities and other limitations.

Similar to the priority seats in public transport or the priority boarding at airports for elderly and families - there should be a priority queue for voting. It should be for people with disabilities and other limitations.

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Use ticketing to reserve a voters place in the queue. After that voters no longer need to remain "in line" but can find a more comfortable way to await their turn to collect a ballot and vote. Special needs voters can be accommodated too.

Use ticketing to reserve a voters place in the queue. After that voters no longer need to remain "in line" but can find a more comfortable way to await their turn to collect a ballot and vote. Special needs voters can be accommodated too.

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Make it easy for voters to mark their ballot anywhere, then bring them to the polling place to cast them. Why not make it easy to get a copy of the ballot and mark it anywhere (in any method), then come to the polling place to cast the ballot

Make it easy for voters to mark their ballot anywhere, then bring them to the polling place to cast them. Why not make it easy to get a copy of the ballot and mark it anywhere (in any method), then come to the polling place to cast the ballot

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For 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.

For 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.

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Local banks and healthcare centres are places that most people are familiar with and which have to deal with accessibility issues in their daily business already.  They also know how to handle personal information securely.

Local banks and healthcare centres are places that most people are familiar with and which have to deal with accessibility issues in their daily business already. They also know how to handle personal information securely.

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Today IDEO Palo Alto hosted a brainstorm for our Voting Challenge. We were particularly curious about how polling places could be redesigned to make the process of waiting in line and casting a ballot less confusing and rushed, and more private.

Today IDEO Palo Alto hosted a brainstorm for our Voting Challenge. We were particularly curious about how polling places could be redesigned to make the process of waiting in line and casting a ballot less confusing and rushed, and more private.

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If we're already filing our taxes with the government online, & even entrust the security of our $$$ through electronic (ATMs, credit card scanners, bank records) & online/mobile (banking, bill payment,shopping,investing, etc.) means, why not voting?

If we're already filing our taxes with the government online, & even entrust the security of our $$$ through electronic (ATMs, credit card scanners, bank records) & online/mobile (banking, bill payment,shopping,investing, etc.) means, why not voting?

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Given the wide nature of accessibility to the Internet these days, online balloting would make it easy for all voters to access their specific ballot style without the concern of transmitting votes through the web.

Given the wide nature of accessibility to the Internet these days, online balloting would make it easy for all voters to access their specific ballot style without the concern of transmitting votes through the web.

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Which ballot would you choose if you had EZ or Quick ballot? 
This ballot structure of the EZ ballot works same way for all outputs regardless of modality.

Which ballot would you choose if you had EZ or Quick ballot? This ballot structure of the EZ ballot works same way for all outputs regardless of modality.

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