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dc.contributor.advisor Byrne, Michael D.
dc.creatorPiner, Gillian E.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-08T00:37:38Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-08T00:37:38Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Piner, Gillian E.. "A Usability and Real World Perspective on Accessible Voting." (2012) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/70391.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/70391
dc.description.abstract The HAVA (Help America Vote Act) mandated that all polling places provide privacy and independence to voters. DREs (Direct-Recording Electronic voting systems) have been assumed to be the solution to providing accessible voting, but there is reason to believe extant systems do not adequately serve this goal (Runyan, 2007). Study 1, a mock election, is a first step in addressing the lack of existing data on the usability of accessible voting methods. In comparison with sighted users, blind users took five times longer to vote. Both populations showed similar error rates and types, and reported similarly high satisfaction with the usability of paper ballots. Study 2, a survey, provides the opinions and recommendations of 202 legally blind voters. Data-based recommendations for auditory modes of voting systems include adjustable speed and volume, using male text-to-speech synthesized voices, and allowing for flexible navigation. This research provides a comparison point and guidelines for future studies of accessibility solutions.
dc.format.extent 82 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectPsychology
Cognitive psychology
dc.title A Usability and Real World Perspective on Accessible Voting
dc.type Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Psychology
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts


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