Teaching Examples

Show off your democracy!
November 6, 2006, 3:15 am
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Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. Yes, unlike in civilized countries where elections are held on a non-workday, here in the big democracy we have to either get up early to rush to vote before work, or else rush to the polls after work and stand in line and hope the polls don’t close before we get our chance.

The Polling Place Photo Project is:

a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that seeks to empower citizens to capture, post and share photographs of democracy in action. By documenting their local voting experience on November 7, voters can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America.

I think this is cool because our polling places are usually so humble, and so homely — school basements and libraries and gymnasiums, for example. And what about those nice people from the League of Women Voters? No one would be able to vote without them.

So grab your digital camera and make sure to shoot a few snaps for posterity.

Update (Nov. 6): See the comments here for links to a related video project and an HBO documentary about insecure voting mechanisms in the U.S.

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Video the vote (http://www.videothevote.org/) is also organizing a similar campaign. Except with… uh, video. 🙂

Unfortunately, if there are any problems with the vote, we may not be able to see or track them…

Comment by Will Sullivan

I just found the HBO documentary is available for free on Google Video:

Comment by Will Sullivan

From Reuters:

“HBO has rejected a call from a security technology firm to pull the documentary ‘Hacking Democracy’ from its schedule or to air disclaimers questioning the accuracy of the film.

“According to a synopsis on HBO’s Web site, the film ‘exposes gaping holes in the security of America’s electronic voting system.’ It is scheduled to air Thursday.”

The HBO documentary.

And Video the Vote.

Comment by Mindy McAdams

Anyone but a war crazy nut like Bush. If I could not hear the word terrorism repeated till I’m ready to scream that would be very peaceful.
I’m tired of Bushes favorite words he loves to repeat.
Good about that HBO special. It’s good when people question beyond what you can see.

Comment by Megan

Hah! It’s not every day that I get to call you out on a factual error and in your lead, no less! If you are in line at your polling place at closing time, you get to vote no matter how long it takes for you to reach the front of the queue. At least that’s the law here in Florida, where we both live.

I imagine the founding fathers didn’t have the 9-5, M-F work day in mind when they came up with “the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”

I have never seen such an emphasis placed on early voting as I have this year. There were people at the art show Saturday encouraging people to take the few steps over to the Supervisor of Elections office, which was open, to vote early.

Comment by Anonymous

Thanks for fact-checking me, Craig! I thought I had seen TV reports about people being turned away in past elections. Maybe that was in other states (maybe Ohio?). Anyway, I’m going to vote this morning, so no end-of-the-day lines for me!

Comment by Mindy McAdams

Well, you can be turned away if you show up after closing time even if the people who arrived in time are still in the act of voting (or waiting).

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