1HDC 08.08 - Voting Booth - Submission Forum

Voting Booth

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Hi All,
This is my 1hr sketch for a portable voting machine.

As wireless technology becomes more available, I thought about a “tough book” on wheels which could be taken anywhere voters are and transmit real time data to voting centers. In addition, a VGA camera would capture voters face to avoid “fishy” votes. Easy to ship overseas (specially Iraq, Afghanistan and embassies around the world)

The height adjustable voting UI surface is also suitable to accommodate wheelchair population. The LCD screen brings latest info on candidates (important as their lives are being dig everyday for some scandal). A lot to say but I hope the images will tell the rest. THANKS for the time.

The Mobile Voting Station:

Back before I left for Canada, my voting location was in a church near my house. This always seemed odd, considering the separation of church and state and all that jazz…

In addition to the suspect location, the voting locations always seemed like half-cocked bake sales with nice people from the neighborhood volunteering their time to run the polls. There was always a concern in the back of my mind as to whether or not everyone really knew what they were doing and if my vote would be counted.

Therefore, my solution is to create a mobile voting station from recycled 40’ cargo containers. These stations can be dropped off all over the city (espectially near areas where people may not be inclined to vote) Set them up early to register people to vote, then bring them back for the actual election. The station would be ran by volunteers or paid staff wearing simple uniforms to help create an overall sense of professionalism. The large metal containers will give the sense of security to those casting their vote and the station will always be a neutral location.

My excuse is that we need a much more physical way of seeing where the votes are up to. With my idea there is a lot of risk but i think the world/america needs a president that is prepared to do anything, even risk drowning, in order to see their policies through. The problem with electronic voting is that it can always be subject to hacking, so it can never be truly trusted. My idea elliminates this.

Hello everyone

My concept for the voting booth is about having privacy and yet not feeling too enclosed.
It’s a single helix made of one-way transparent glass. The voter inside is able to see through the glass. People on the outside only see a mirror, though.

The ability to see what’s going on around you should give the voter the strong impression of being part of the community when voting. The motivation that many people can change a lot and the responsibility everyone is taking with his vote are always present.
The idea of the helix is based upon a snail shell whereas the snail can also retract and still “watch” from the inside.


This was only my second attempt at using sketchbook pro with a tablet so please excuse the sketching!

The concept is a low-cost, low-tech collapsable booth that can be quickly and easily erected anywhere. When voting is over, the pull down sides roll up into the top (on a sprung mechanism), the lightweight carbon-fibre poles pull out, fold up and sit in the top with the shelf, the base then sits in the top and locks in place creating a enclosed pack. A built in handle allows easy transportation and the unit can then be stored until it is next required!

A slightly different take. This small, portable, thumbprint scanner allows you to connect to any online computer, at home, work, public library, cyber cafe… and verify your ID to unlock and login to a special “vote.gov” site. Essentially vote from anywhere easily and accurately and immediately tabulate results.

This voting system consists of two parts:
(actually there would hopefully be three parts, the first being a campaign to get people registered and educated about the candidates.)
1: Early Mail Notification

  • Date, time & location for voting printed boldly on the outside
  • More subdued text with directions to get more information or find other voting locations
  • Mail-in ballot or a sample ballot inside, depending on state practices
  • The reverse of each page will have brief information on the nature and scope of each office or proposition, and directions to further reading.
    2: Voting Wagons
  • Trucks would probably follow postal routes
  • Trucks could be modified for regular mail service or other state use when elections are not being held.
  • Parties may lease trucks for internal use, but they would have to be vetted before an election.
  • Each booth has headphones and a fold-down braille keyboard. There is also a padded fold down seat opposite the screen.
  • Loudspeakers and screen play “Schoolhouse Rock” type educational segments
  • Free Patriotic Ice Cream Bar after voting (maybe)
  • Ballot begins with overview of choices available and decisions the voter made. Selecting a topic area brings up your options; for example a section titled “UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY” followed by brief instructions and selection boxes containing portraits, names, and parties. (I would have drawn that but couldn’t do a credible job.) Information about the office of president would follow. (note - I’m not sure the pictures are a good idea. They would make voting faster and clearer, but might not be suitable impartial.)
  • After making and reviewing selections the ballot would be encrypted, send, and receipt acknowledged, and everything wiped before the voter left the booth. (again, I’m not sure about this decision. I’m putting tamper resistance ahead of anonymity, here.)

Other Considerations: I really think postage-paid mail-in ballots would result in a huge increase in participation, but I understand there are concerns about reliability, anonymity, and coercion. Record of having voted in person would therefore invalidate a mail-in vote by the same person. Mail in votes should be tallied after in-person voting, and invalidated votes discarded without being examined.

“As long as you can still look at yourself in the mirror”

Seeing themselves in the mirror causes the voter to give pause,
subtly prompting them to think deeply about their choices.

A simple addition of a mirror.

here’s mine. I wanted to create a design that would not only be accurate and have the smallest margin of error, but one that makes the voter feel that their vote counts. Currently (well last time I went to vote), electronic machines have replaced any form of paper trails. This causes many to feel that their vote just doesn’t count. By having both a paper and electronic trail of votes, not only will the count be accurate, but voters will feel like they made a difference. Also, the action of placing the ballot into the top of the computer is similar to the action of placing the ballot in a ballot box…just so you know where I got my inspiration from. And please give me any suggestions for improving my sketching (besides getting the perspective right >.<)- I want to be prepared for college next year :sunglasses:
so anyways, here it is, the “e-vote”

hey peoples…

firstly im not even american! im aussie,lol, though i just signed up with core 77 and saw this challenge thing and thought i would give it a go. it was done during a lecture! lol with 3 markers…that i borrowed! : )

Anyway how this works is…well in australia, id imagine its the same or similar, we vote at our local schools, so the lcd’s in this design can come from the school or after the voting the monitors can given to them if they dont have any! the housing is made from cardboard and if i had more time i would figure how, though it can be folded for reuse in future elections and also storage. The barcode is given to the voter once they checked in, thats mandatory over here! anyway the code is scanned and the user can vote. The vote is stored onto a hard drive straight away and also sent to a main server, however in case of computers crashing…vista perhaps?..there is a slot for voters to vote the original way and the votes can be stored at the base, hence being so big! weight is also used in the base for balance.

ohh righty then…peace

I apologize for what this is doing to the average quality of the submissions, but since things have been so quiet I thought I’d throw out another one. Hopefully all the US residents are busy laying out their actual ballots, yes?

  1. Citizen applies for ID (license, permit, passport etc)
  2. Retinal image is recorded with photograph
  3. 4 man in ambiguously marked coverall appears at indicated permanent address to “repair” television
  4. November 4th, all channels broadcast recordings of debate/discussion during voting hours.
    -Cameras behind the screen identify the viewer’s retina and track eye motion.
    -A monkey with a tamborine is superimposed between the candidates.
    -The candidate who gets the most attention gets the viewers passive vote.
    -Attendance at a polling place replaces the passive vote with an active vote.
    -If the monkey wins, congress must entertain a motion that the US recognize the next American Idol as Supreme Dictator of the Known Universe
  5. The government watches you through your television for the next four years.

Sort of a Matrix-ish, Big Pharm sponsored, zombie voter future.

This was designed to appeal to voters of all ages while also addressing the need to make the voting process itself easier and more cost-effective.

The booth is designed to make the choice as easy as possible without confusing any of the voters any more than they already must be. In addition to making the process 4 steps WITH lighted guides, it also reminds people that whomever you choose will inevitably be…the lesser of two evils.

step 1: fill out the ballot
step 2: insert ballot into the appropriate slot (lights around the slot flash in order to prompt the user as to what action is required)
step 3: only after ballot is inserted properly into the slot will the lights around the dial begin to light up in a circular manner. this prompts the user to turn the dial “arrow” towards the party they are settling for.
step 4: mash the giant button that lights up. only when the dial is turned fully and directly will the corresponding button light up.

keep your stub and wait for the appropriate and inevitable demand for a recount.

instructions will be placed right on the panel as to avoid confusion and only after each step is done fully can the next step occur.

The concept is based on the need for reuse of each candidate’s printed material. Posters, flyers and other paper materials are collected and recycled in order to produce low quality paper for the printer of the voting booth.

Users have just to select the candidate, push the confirmation button and then the printer prints the vote. This way offers a significant reduction of waste and gives people an extra motive for sustainable thinking. In addition the simple interface makes the voting procedure easy even for the elderly.

Voting is a very prestigious event, then why are the voting spaces so boring!!!

Here is an attempt to make the voting environment more interactive and attractive. The space will speak to you, interact with you and calm you so that you can make the right decision.

…taking a more light hearted approach to the topic…this is the…


Harnessing the aura and magic of the carnival, this ride “SEES THE FUTURE!” and allows you to catch a glimpse of what consequences your vote may bring.

Six industrial grade hydraulic pumps add a sense of “EARTH SHATTERING REALISM!” to the experience. (Barf bag not included…)

Once the ride comes to a full and complete stop, the newly “educated” voter can proceed to the adjacent polling station to cast their vote, then dine on some cotton candy and fried dough!



Currently, 15 states allow straight ticket or straight party voting which lets voters choose a party’s entire slate of candidates with only one mark on the ballot. This process sadly reduces democracy to little more than a child’s toy. Therefore Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, this voting booth is for you.