Category Archives: Voting

Estonia and then they’ll say “good luck”

Starting in 2011, citizens of Estonia will be able to vote via any cell phone equipped with an ID chip. Will the interface follow WAI guidelines for designing for mobile devices? Will it be friendly for, say, both voice-output and … Continue reading

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“Please listen carefully, as our candidates have changed”

Voting machines have to be accessible to people with different disabilities.  Most of the times the manufacturers slap on a voice output system for blind voters and a dual switch scanning solution for physically disabled voters, then call it quits.  … Continue reading

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Not getting our vote

The Pew Center sponsored a usability review of state websites providing election-related information, and found that on a scale of 1 to 100, the average overall usability score was a discouraging 58. Ten percent of the score was based on … Continue reading

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Schlock the vote

We’ve heard there’s a presidential election coming up; in preparation, thousands of voting machines are now available in–warehouses. Problems with machine reliability and security are covered in this article, but not even a whisper about the implications for accessibility. AP: … Continue reading

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Text your vote

A significant majority (61%) of polled Americans said they’d prefer to vote in the next election via text messaging, and the percentage is even higher among those who’ll become eligible to vote by 2016. Reliability issues aside, this could be … Continue reading

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Mulch the vote

As Florida’s election officials move to paper-based optical scanning, what to do about the 29,000 touchscreen machines they have? Well, they’re going to be marketed to other jurisdictions (!) or “de-manufactured”, AKA “taken apart and sold for components and scrap.” … Continue reading

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