1HDC 08.08 - Voting Booth - Discussion

Postby jon_winebrenner » October 14th, 2008, 11:28 am

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Postby jon_winebrenner » October 14th, 2008, 11:54 am

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Voting Booth

DOORS OPEN:
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
9 PM PST (4AM GMT)

DOORS CLOSE:
Thursday, October 30, 2008
9 PM PST (4 AM GMT)

BRIEF:
As we approach the upcoming November election, the role of design and experience will once again take center stage. The ballot design fiasco of the 2000 election taught us that the ramifications of design decisions can be profound, so for this Core77 1 Hour Design Challenge, we invite designers to submit design solutions for the "voting booth." Designs submitted can include both voting machines and environments, but we are looking for strong concepts that explore the way we vote, where we vote.

HOW TO ENTER:
Participants must execute their design in only 1 hour, based on an honor system. Upload images and a brief text description of your design to the designated discussion forum.

Jury:
Winners will be selected by Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel of Winterhouse, creators of The Polling Place Photo Project (now a New York Times project) and founding editors of Design Observer. Community discussion is encouraged to help ensure that the best designs win.

CRITERIA:
Judging will be based on quality of presentation, strength of concept, and ambition of idea.

PRIZE:
1st prize will receive a gift basket from Winterhouse, including homemade maple syrup, t-shirt, a copy of Design For Democracy, and other special surprises. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be featured in the Core77 November Newsletter and on the Core77 Blog.
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Postby simon_four_fingers » October 14th, 2008, 1:03 pm


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With dates like these it will be over before it began
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Postby TommyOrtoM » October 14th, 2008, 1:04 pm


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wow, never thought I would see this as a 1HDC topic. I did a voting booth/experience project for a studio project last semester. I had never seen a similar project before and that was part of why I decided to tackle the subject. Here is my project from last semester. It was a sponsored PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) project and it ended up winning. since this took longer than an hour to complete, looks like i'm not eligible for the contest.

http://coroflot.com/public/individual_s ... sort_by=1&

Postby shyamsun » October 14th, 2008, 2:05 pm

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great contest with a great typo " october 14" not nov 14

Postby jon_winebrenner » October 14th, 2008, 2:10 pm

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simon_four_fingers wrote:With dates like these it will be over before it began


Thanks for the heads up! We would have needed a flux capacitor.

Fixed.

Postby yo » October 16th, 2008, 3:25 pm

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jknodell, that is sweet.

Postby awa64 » October 20th, 2008, 1:47 am


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yo... while I find the idea of internet voting extremely attractive from the standpoint of improving voter turnout, it fails to address an EXTREMELY important aspect of running a free and fair election--the ability for one's vote to be anonymous.

Unlike an in-person election (or even absentee voting by mail), where one can provide credentials in order to obtain a ballot but mantain anonymity when turning in the completed ballot, voting via the Internet would require that one's unique identity was verified throughout every step of the voting process, up to and including submission of the completed ballot. While the organization running the election COULD promise that identities were not being tied to votes, unless the voter can verify that fact for themselves, it's still a major issue.

Unfortunately, with the way the Internet operates at the moment, it's impossible to solve that issue without removing the unique identification process--and unique identification is necessary to prevent ballot fraud. (Unless I'm missing something, of course--and I hope I am, as I still like the core concept of being able to vote from anywhere when it's convenient.)

Postby yo » October 20th, 2008, 8:39 am

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Several states have mail in ballot systems (Oregon included) where all ballots are mailed to registered voters' home addresses. Voters either mail or drop the ballots at select locations in voter signed and sealed envelopes. I would assume the challenges with a digital version of this wold be similar. With any system, the potential for fraud, misuse, and plain old negligence are possible. This idea gets at making it easier... in an hour...


are you going to submit an entry?

Postby ineo » October 20th, 2008, 9:18 am

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yo! you took my idea! hahaha
now i will find a new...better idea
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nice execution though..its much better than how I would've done it

Postby yo » October 20th, 2008, 9:34 am

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I figured some others would have the same thought! Besides, it makes for a nice sketch! It was great to sit down for an hour last night and actually sketch.

Postby awa64 » October 20th, 2008, 10:42 am


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yo wrote:Several states have mail in ballot systems (Oregon included) where all ballots are mailed to registered voters' home addresses. Voters either mail or drop the ballots at select locations in voter signed and sealed envelopes. I would assume the challenges with a digital version of this wold be similar. With any system, the potential for fraud, misuse, and plain old negligence are possible. This idea gets at making it easier... in an hour...


are you going to submit an entry?


I intend to, yes. I'm still rolling the several ideas I've come up with around in my head, trying to figure out what to put together into one cohesive idea and then how to execute it in an hour...

A People's Choice Award

Postby personpeoples4444 » October 21st, 2008, 9:17 am


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A People's Choice Award?
Seems fitting to let the people have their say.
Yes?

Postby yo » October 22nd, 2008, 10:58 am

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michael.design, extra points for doing it during a lecture, with borrowed markers... and for flagrant over use of the American flag... we apparently love that here in politics.

Postby rkuchinsky » October 22nd, 2008, 4:27 pm

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pretty busy, so don't have the time to throw down, but thought i'd quickly lay out a few thoughts-

more as a thought experiment than something that could be actually done, but...

why are elections anonymous? while i can see that certain groups might feel pressured if their vote was known, i would think if everyone's vote was public, there would be much more accountability. votes in the government (supreme court, senate, etc.) are all on record for this very reason. a more transparent election system would also i think encourage more dialog and equality.

as such, i would propose a system where the vote goes into the elections place, then uses their fingerprints to cast their vote. the twist would be that before they make the mark, their finger is dipped in some sort of ink/dye that remains on the hand for the period of voting (say 1 day or a week). this way, there would be no way to have voter fraud (you can't vote twice, and your print is tied to your identity), and your vote is clearly seen in public (unless you wear gloves) to stimulate further dialog and avoid the them vs. us phenomenon so prevalent in today's politics.

while i see the possibility for discrimination based on your voting record, but at the same time believe a "what goes around, comes around" kind of mentality could be established in such a system.

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