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Having worked with social start ups in the past, I am passionate about the growth of human development through the use of the Internet as a powerful communication tool. The Internet is a great equalizer that transcends societal class or cultural race. With the power of online access, users can connect ideas and gain knowledge to support the Earth's population as a whole.
Currently I have been working in the elections sphere in the United States and have learned a great deal about voter accessibility, both locally and abroad. I am hoping that I can help contribute to the challenge, "How might we design an accessible election experience for everyone?"
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.
So, you make a good point about voter verification from just a ballot perspective. Just like Whitney's idea about picking up a ballot from a public place (like a library) you wouldn't need to hand over your voter registration card just to pick the ballot up, right?
It brings up an interesting question though: How do we verify based on the number of logins to the site that all the ballots that are returned are returned from the right people? For example, if you can mail in your ballot, how do you provide proof that it is you that filled it out unless we can secure a way to know that the only way they would have filled out/marked that ballot from the online form is with verification? Maybe a PIN number security? Maybe James idea of ATM verification: http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/concepting/voting-via-atm-network-/ ? I think it is important that we have the ability for people to submit their ballot somehow without necessarily being forced to leave their own home if they are incapable.
I totally agree with you Christian! I think the Internet can be a really hard location to put that much trust in. One of the work-arounds for this might be just a ballot, rather than actual "online voting". This way hackers can't manipulate the vote.