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Receive sample ballot at home. If you're facing trouble, or if you have any special needs, then affix a sticker to the ballot and bring it to the polling station. Stickers are coded so election workers can identify the need and direct voter to help.

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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James commented on Voting via ATM network

I agree about the irony. Thank you for your comments. It has been a very enjoyable design challenge and I've enjoyed the collaboration.


James commented on Voting via ATM network

@Paul - attempts to implement a national voting ID have received huge pushback, the UK is a particularly good example of this. Therefore, impact can best be achieved by leveraging existing platforms.
@Taylor - I'd take issue with "the ability to get one". Much of the unbanked could qualify for basic banking services. Some of the approaches used in developing markets might be useful in this regard. Indeed, this should be encouraged as there is a ton of evidence supporting inclusion in a formal financial system as a means of economic development - and indeed it is the poorer states that have the most unbanked population.
@Both - the bottom line is though that if voting via ATMs were to be implemented then it would be a compliment to the current system. Those that it would benefit most are the people that do not have time / ability to get to particular voting stations. It is a secure, accessible way of making voting more available. Assuming the unbanked population can already vote through the normal means, the would, of course, still be able to do so.


James commented on Voting via ATM network

Certainly envisaged that you could vote ahead of time (hence could choose the postal route). The electronic option would basically see your vote sit in an escrow until they are released for official counting (instant obviously) on the voting day.

Making voting more modern definitely has the possibility to increase user engagement and the interactivity between the voter and the system.

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