Voting Stations From Around The World
November 6, 2012
Happy Voting Day, America! Today, more than 100 million Americans are expected to take to the voting booths, and we hope everyone of our readers is among them!
Which leads us to the topic of this post: the voting booth. In a video posted this morning on the New York Times, funny guy Mo Rocca explores the design of America’s voting ballots, which he finds “in need of a makeover”. Citing the Florida ballot kerfuffle of 2000 and George W. Bush’s subsequent election, Rocca claims that the graphic interface of a ballot can, in fact, impact the course of world history. That might be an overstatement–it’s questionable how large design’s role in changing the world is–but it’s presence in the democratic process is undeniable.
Integral to that process is the voting booth, the design of which matters surprisingly little when considered alongside its chief function: to provide a private space in which one can cast their vote away from prying eyes, zealous party devotees, and other coercive meddlers. Whether consisting of curtains and railing or just cardboard dividers, the voting booth is almost always meek. But frail though its construction may seem, it more than overcomes these limitations through symbolic capital, namely, the mechanism by which the secret vote is preserved. The voting booth empowers the individual to exercise his or her right to elect their own leaders–and that’s quite an achievement. In the spirit of voting, we thought we’d look at voting stations across the world, from Egypt to Venezuela, Papa New Guinea to Kenya. They all come in different shapes and sizes, but they’re all witnesses to the same goal. Click through for more.
USA, photo via
Australia, photo: Giulio Saggin for ABC News
Kenya, photo: Noor Khamis-Reuters
Afghanistan, photo via
Egypt, photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany for Reuters
Imphal, India, photo via
Venezuela, photo via