Los Angeles Is Redesigning the Voting Experience To Be Not Awful
The last time I voted in LA, I used a fat marker to place a black splotch on a Scantron-like form inserted between the pages of a plastic booklet. The form never lined up exactly, and the design of the booklet was so confusing, I'm pretty sure I voted for the wrong person. Now (thankfully) LA is overhauling its
Like many cities, LA has a fleet of outdated, antiquated
According to a
story in Businessweek
Perhaps the best part of IDEO's plan is that the technology also includes a sample ballot that's designed exactly like the actual ballot, which voters can download on an app or website to fill in at home. When you arrive at the polling place, you simply scan your sample ballot using a QR code and it pulls up not only the correct ballot for your geographical location but all of your choices that you've pre-selected. You just need to approve the choices you'd already made and submit your ballot. This removes almost all of the confusion around the voting process and allows people to take their time with the issues (which is why a lot of people vote by mail).
You can see more concepts that voters thought would make their experience better over at IDEO's crowdsourcing site . With a system like this in place, it will make implementing mandatory voting that much easier. http://gizmodo.com/its-time-for-m...