Disabled Voters

Who does better with a big interface? Improving Voting Performance of Reading Disabled Voters

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Lorin F. Wilde
Jonathan A. Goler
Ted Selker
This study shows how ballot interfaces variably affect the voting performance of people with different abilities. An interface with all information viewable simultaneously might either help orient or overwhelm a voter, depending on his/her skill-set. Voters with diagnosed reading disabilities performed significantly better on full-faced voting machines than those who demonstrated a high likelihood of similar, but undiagnosed, disabilities. In contrast, the diagnosed group performed worse than others when using standard-sized Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) systems.

Comparative Voting Performance of Reading Disabled Voters

Author(s): 
Jonathan A. Goler
Edwin J. Selker
Lorin F. Wilde
Journal: 
Interacting with Computers
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Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Although legislation now protects the rights of voters with special needs, no one has previously evaluated how different electronic voting systems affect the performance of the reading disabled community. Results of this initial study, evaluating three current systems, proved surprising and inform how future voting interfaces may potentially be improved for the population at large.
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