Innovative Practices 2015 on Independent Living and Political Participation
Voting independently and privately
“This project was a trial of an eVoting solution to bring the privacy and security of voting to visually impaired voters.”
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Voting independently and privately|
|Organisation:||Scytl Secure Electronic Voting, S.A.|
|Australia (State of Victoria)|
Prior to this project visually impaired voters were unable to vote in private, as they required the assistance of a sighted person.
SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY
The Victorian Electoral Commission implemented measures to allow visually impaired citizens to vote on an equal basis with their peers: independently, privately, and with the highest security standards. The voting software was customized to support 12 languages, and included several zoom and contrasting options on the kiosk screen and an audio interface. It also offered such additional features as headphones and a specially selected keyboard. In addition to the technology, Scytl Secure Electronic Voting, S.A. customized the voting system, provided training materials for poll workers and election officials, and completed the on-site support during the election.
OUTLOOK & TRANSFERABILITY
In cooperation with Scytl and Hewlett Packard Australia, the voting system was expanded in terms of functionality, voting channels (including phone voting), and geographical reach (including Victorian citizens residing in the UK or in other Australian states). The state of New South Wales (Australia) and the state of Gujarat (India) have already contracted Scytl to improve their voter accessibility. The Victorian projects were run as trials and supported by legislation. Moving beyond the trial status is expected to increase awareness of the solution via media outreach.
Nominated by: Regina CAMPA, Scytl