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A prototype for Intuitive
Voting, a conceptual
digital platform meant
to streamline the voting
process and increase
user engagement yearround.
Image courtesy
Intuitive Company

Could physical polling places soon be a thing of the
past? According to Konopasek, about 60 percent of
California's voters already cast their ballots by mail.
"There's a large movement to reject traditional
polling precinct models, and there's legislation that
could eliminate them," he says. But this could result
in at least one paradox: "We're pushing vote-bymail, but a lot of millennials don't know how to
get a postage stamp."
Ultimately, the problem of disenfranchised voters
needs to be approached with an interdisciplinary
design approach. Some private organizations have
also taken it upon themselves to reimagine the
process to attract more people to vote. In 2014,
Philadelphia-based company Intuitive Design
released Intuitive Voting, two conceptual digital
platforms that streamline the voting process. One
gives voters a single tool through which to register,
find candidate and issue information, and cast
their votes. It aims to increase voter engagement
with the elections process year-round by providing
information on candidates leading up to voting day
and election results afterward. The prototype even
gives users directions to their polling station, along
with parking suggestions and the best times to
avoid long lines. Election volunteers get their own
app, with necessary information for setting up the
polling station and voting machines, contacting
election officials, and reporting wait times for
voters. Today, election officials and politicians
disagree on whether online voting could be made
secure with current technologies. In the prototype
for Intuitive Voting, voters can fill out a ballot
ahead of time and bring it to the voting booth for
reference, but in the future the platform could
support online vote submission.

Other organizations have also contributed to a
growing body of research about how to optimize
the voting process. After the 2000 election, a joint
Voting Technology Project undertaken by Caltech
and MIT produced a set of tools-from pollingplace line calculators to mapping programs-to
help election administrators plan and execute
elections. Even earlier, in 1998, the AIGA had
established its Design for Democracy organization
with the goal of making interactions between
the U.S. government and its citizens more understandable. Every four years, the group also
launches a get-out-the-vote poster campaign
in partnership with the League of Women Voters.
Along the same lines, the Knight Foundation
recently created Next Stop: Democracy!, a challenge
that seeks to make "voting in local elections more
enticing by creating new types of signs at polling
places and commissioning artists to perform
site-specific pieces on election days."
While technology is alluring and no doubt has a
large roll to play in future elections, creating spaces
that engage the community seems key to the
success of many pilot projects.
"I think the opportunity here is experience design
as much as anything else," says Barry Svigals, FAIA,
a partner of Svigals + Partners. "It comes through
a community process designed to reach people in a
way they haven't been reached before." Svigals's
firm is designing the new Sandy Hook School in
Newtown, Connecticut, which was devastated by
a mass shooting in 2012. The process used to engage
the community and approach a new school design
could also work for the voting process. "I would
start with the question, 'What do you love about
your community?'" he says. While many people
feel remote and powerless, and that their vote can't
possibly count, community-centered design can
get people talking because, "it doesn't begin with
conflict, contention; it begins with what we have
in common."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016

Iida Perspective - Spring/summer 2016
Contents
From IIDA
Behind the Issue
Contributors
IIDA Industry Roundtable
Designer Dialogue: The B Corp Wave
Can Design Rock the Vote?
The Politics of Sport
Roundtable: Office Politics
Inspiration
Colophon
Viewpoints
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IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - From IIDA
IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - Behind the Issue
IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - 7
IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - Contributors
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IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - IIDA Industry Roundtable
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IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2016 - Can Design Rock the Vote?
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