[tabi] Fwd: Invitation to Help Make Elections More Accessible at: http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/brief.html

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Subject: [Nfbnet-master-list] Fwd: Invitation to Help Make Elections

We are calling on everyone, including voters, non-voters, election
officials, people with disabilities, designers, engineers, and students, to
help us make elections more accessible for everyone.

We invite you to join us in this challenge.

Read more below or visit us at:

What is the challenge?
We are searching for creative answers to the question: How might we design
an accessible election experience for everyone?

Here's how the process works. We start by trying to better understand the
problem. Over the next few weeks, everyone will be invited to help us
research the issues and share their experiences. We are sharing stories,
insights and examples of voting systems or experiences that might relate to
elections and accessibility.

In a few weeks, we'll start focusing on brainstorming solutions. Along the
way, there will be opportunities for feedback and to refine concepts and

You can join the challenge at any time. The discussion is always open.

Who should participate?
Everyone is encouraged to participate. Everyone. That includes you!

To participate, go to: http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/brief.html

Why are we hosting this challenge?
We believe elections can be made more accessible for people with
disabilities and anyone else who faces barriers to participating in

All of the ideas generated by this challenge will be made freely available
to anyone who wants to implement them. For example, Los Angeles County
elections officials will be following this challenge in their pursuit of a
modern voting system. In L.A. County alone, your ideas during this challenge
can help improve the voting experience for 4.5 million voters.

Who is hosting the challenge?
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit
think tank at the cutting edge of designing policies that will boost
economic growth and improve quality of life in the United States and around
the world. The ITIF Accessible Voting Technology Initiative is a project
funded by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to make voting
processes and technology more accessible. We are partnering with OpenIDEO on
this challenge. OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform that taps into the
scale of social networks to tackle challenges for social good. This
challenge is one way we are exploring new ideas for improving elections. For
more about our project, go to http://elections.itif.org
<blocked::http://elections.itif.org/> .

What should you do next?
To start, read the challenge brief
<blocked::http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/brief.html> ) to get a sense
of the scope and direction for the challenge.

Then head over to OpenIDEO (http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/inspiration/
<blocked::http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/inspiration/> ). Browse
through some of the ideas that have already been posted. Create an account,
and you can add your own comments to the discussion, or post an Inspiration
of your own.

As experts in accessible design and working with people with disabilities,
you will bring a knowledge of what works, and where we need new ideas. Your
voice in the discussion will help thousands of designers understand not only
the need for better accessibility, but how to make it a reality.

We're relying on your input to ensure that the work we do together is
thoughtful, grounded, and has a real potential for impact.

Is the site accessible?
The OpenIDEO team is working to improve the accessibility of the site. We
know it's not optimal, but they are working to get there. If you have ideas
or comments to improve the OpenIDEO site, write tohello@xxxxxxxxxxxx
<blocked::mailto:tohello@xxxxxxxxxxxx>  and the community managers will make
sure your feedback is heard.

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