Mobile Voting App

When I first began thinking about designing a social justice application for a mobile device, I had some trouble. I severely misunderstood the impact this application is supposed to have on our society. When I decided to do my field research at the  King of Prussia mall, I was basing my observation on the concept of a restaurant application that would be able to tell people how long a wait would be at a particular restaurant. While this application would be helpful to some people, in the long-run it would have little impact on effecting peoples lives and promoting a social justice. So after giving this more thought, I have decided to propose an idea for mobile U.S. voting application. I believe that this application would provide a social justice for accesibility. Many, though not all of young eligible United States voters are either uninterested in voting, too lazy to go to their local polls, or simply discouraged by thinking that their vote doesn’t count in the long-run. For many different reasons it can also be difficult to get minorities to cast their votes. And for obvious reasons it can be difficult for handicapped persons or even the elderly to go to the polls and vote. I believe that this application would correct and solve many of these problems and encourage more people to vote. Though it is hard for me to tie in my field research with this idea, I can look at the fact that mobile phones and devices make up so much of our everyday lives in the United States and all around the world.

Mobile devices are becoming heavily immersed into our culture in regards to everything that we do. I propose the idea that this social application will not only allow people to vote, but they would also be able to register through it and view each candidates profile and pitches. They will be able to briefly review a candidate profile, their policies they wish the put in place, and other key facts. This will assist the voter in making a good and well thought out decision. The United States legal age to vote is of course 18 years of age. Many 18 year olds are very active on social media and social networks. In designing this application I would also include a feature in which once a person registers to vote it will give them the option to post it to their Facebook or Twitter account. For example the post would say, ” I just registered to vote, click the on the link to register today.” It would also post this when a user votes on voting day when the polls actually open. I believe that this would encourage more young adults to want to vote and it would also peak their interest. Many young adults also choose not to vote due to a lack of interest in politics or lack of knowledge about the candidates who are running.

Ideas for project design:

1. In designing this project, the first idea I have is to try to create an image of the application using photoshop. I will most-likely try to simulate what the application would look like by creating a mock registration/voting process.

2. My second idea is to create a “commercial” promoting and displaying the application. For this I would be using Photoshop to create the images and then use Final Cut Pro for the video as well as Pro Tools for the sounds.

Timeline for completion:

For what I am  planning  to do with this application, I will definitely have to work on all of this as soon as possible. I plan to get all of my research and paper done first, that way it will give me more time for the visual design of the application. The Photoshop portion of the design would probably take about three days to develop and clean up. The video would probably need about a week to get done if I go with the commercial. It would take longer because of the editing process as well as recording.  Which means this project will have to get done as soon as possible due to time.

Sources:

1. Light, A. and Luckin, R. (2008). Designing for social justice: people, technology, and learning. Opening Education. Retrieved from https://mobmed14.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/designing_for_social_justice.pdf
2. Burgess, D., Haney, B., Snyder, M., Sullivan, J. L., & Transue, J. E. (2000). Rocking the vote: Using personalized messages to motivate voting among young adults. Public Opinion Quarterly, 64(1), 29-52. Retrieved from http://poq.oxfordjournals.org/content/64/1/29.short
3. Chareka, O., Sears, A., & Chakera, O. (2006). Civic duty: Young people’s conceptions of voting as a means of political participation. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue canadienne de l’éducation, 521-540. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629803000295

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One thought on “Mobile Voting App”

  1. This is a great app idea and certainly connect to social justice (though you should still spell out that connection in your paper). There are many apps around politics that you could research as well that are related, including the voting rights app we discussed in class. Moreover there is a long history of research on technology in presidential campaigns that might be of use. Jennifer Stromer-Galley’s new book on elections in the internet age might be useful (http://www.stromer-galley.com/research/book/). The field of political communication also certainly has a lot of resources (you already have found some of those resources).

    Connecting an app like this to something like FactCheck.org might be useful as well. In addition some of the information in the voting rights app might be important to include. Finally information about alternative voting procedures like absentee ballots, etc. might be helpful to include.

    Both visual design plans sound ok, but make sure that whatever you create clearly communicates what the app is and does.

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