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Digital voting is used in a variety of contexts from politics to mundane everyday decisions. One of the motivations underlying many group decision-making systems is the promotion of participation, yet there is little research that explores how features of digital voting systems can be designed to facilitate this, other than providing multiple voting channels. The shift from conventional voting methods to digital ones gives us the opportunity to re-envision voting as a social tool that better serves democracy.

Ballotshare is an online voting system designed to provoke participation through exploration of the design space of voting. To explore what makes people participate in decision making, ballots are configurable within the system, with features such as negative voting, vote weighting, commenting etc. These features and the design space are derived from an analysis of democratic systems and technologies.

You can visit and use the BallotShare app here: