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Accessibility Map

A polling station map that shows which station can be easily accessed by people in wheelchairs and also shows with which voting mechanisms a station is equipped. Creating awareness and giving information on billboards, sport events, malls, lobbies.

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Similar to the London tube map - it could have clear icons that tell you with one look if a station has disabled access and to which extend it does.

The map could also be a way of creating sensibility and awareness and at the same time giving vital information to those in need:

  • It could be printed and sent to voters before election day as part of the voting
  • It could be posted around town on giant billboards
  • It could be projected on screens at sport events
  • It could be hung in public spaces, malls, or lobbies
  • It could be printed with braille dots for blind people


After listening to the Global Issue video posted by Daniel, I believe this will also help to lower the mental barrier for people with limitations to actually go voting without having the fear of being embarrassed.

Building on the " Mapping, Accessibility Rating and Traffic Reports" concept I believe we could design a printed map that could be more easily accessed by less tech savvy voters. But it would also work as an APP or website with location based services.

Building on " Complete Online Polling Station Performance Tracking Platform" and Graham's inspiration on Yelp for polling stations, I integrated simple happiness icons into the map. They could be interactive in the APP and online version. When you click on the happiness icon it will link you to the  SeeClickFix site of the polling station.

How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?

It will be a reminder that there is an election, and help everyone locate their polling station more easily.

How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?

Before I managed to delete this entry, Anne-Laure Fayard mentioned in a comment that this concept is based on the premise, that voters may change their poll station from the one they have been assigned to.
In countries where this is not possible, the map could be redesigned to be used in a campaign to highlight the necessity of being able to switch polling station. Especially if they are not all equipped with the same standards

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Ashley Jablow
Paul Reader
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I like the concept. About the braille version... tactile maps can be really hard to understand, it is an art in itself to create a good one. So I guess for the braille version it is probably most effective if it is a text based version. Maybe a list ordered on distance or user satisfaction, with the exact street address. The address can be given to a taxi driver for instance or used as input for a navigation system.
And when you are making a digital text version it could be a table where you can sort on the various characteristics. This would help people that are not good with maps. It could make it also an interesting tool to measure the level of accessibility in a district. This could possibly add pressure to policy makers.

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