The extension of the uniform voting experience must now go beyond the simple act of voting as technology takes hold throughout the election process. The voter check-in process at the polls is one where technology has been shown to be of great assistance.
The sheer volume of voters and legal notice requirements are putting tremendous pressure on the recruiting, training and retention of poll workers across the nation. The implementation of computer-driven accessible check-in solutions offers a resolution to these issues.
It can do all these things while relieving the poll worker of many tedious tasks.
· It frees the poll worker from sworn responsibility for perfect delivery of legal notice statements.
· It frees the poll worker from debating with individual voters the voting path they must take.
· It improves the poll workers ability to communicate with the voter from a service aspect.
It does all this while supporting election administrators:
· By reducing poll worker training and turnover.
· By no longer making legal requirements and notices subject to being filtered through poll workers with their own views and prejudices.
· By engaging every voter in the entire process from check in to voting while meeting the individual needs of each voter regardless of their language or disability access needs.
· By creating a uniform check-in which is part of the voting experience that meets the requirements of the law and smoothes out the process into a faster and more enjoyable experience.
A computer-driven accessible check-in solution can do all these things and more provided all voters are taken into account during the requirements and purchase process. Provided the spirit of the uniform voting experience in the Help America Vote Act is followed. Provided that Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act is obeyed by requiring that all poll place check-in technology is accessible to people with disabilities.