Meredith Rupe, age 18
Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, CO
Teacher: Kristie Letter
The voting process holds many biases against certain groups in the voting pool. Whether it’s the complex language of the bills or physical and financial barriers, there is a clear bias in a process meant to be for all. These barriers have lowered voter participation. The Rosetta Vote is designed to give access to those with economic, physical, or financial barriers. It is a tablet that provides understandable translations of voting proposals in all languages and modes necessary. It can also submit your ballot. People with a vision impairment, along with people with physical or mobility disabilities, will be able to participate with fewer barriers as well, increasing political participation. Since all would be able to participate, everyone’s sense of belonging in the United States would also improve.