Open Thread: Voting

(posted by chris the cynic)

It’s voting day in the United States of America which means that some citizens voted on previous days, some citizens voted earlier today, some are voting now, and most will probably take a pass.

In ancient Athens’ democracy there was a very different style of doing things.  They’d get a rope, get red dye on it (I’m honestly not sure if this was by dipping or spreading or what) round up everyone, and force them to go vote.  Then they’d look down on anyone who had red dye on their clothes.  The reasoning was that if the rope touched you it meant you were on the outside rear of the rounded up pack, and that placement in turn meant that you were insufficiently enthusiastic when it came to voting.  Thus shaming.  Because what’s the point of living in a hyper-misogynistic slave-holding democracy if you can’t also occasionally shame citizen men too?

So, voting.  Thoughts?

What’s it like where you are?  Any interesting experiences?  Any thoughts on the best way for it to be carried out?  Any thoughts in general?  Stuff?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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4 thoughts on “Open Thread: Voting

  1. inquisitiveraven November 4, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    My polling place was in a church. Leaving aside accessibility issues, I have to wonder if a church is really an appropriate venue for secular elections. There are accessibility issues. The main entrance to the polling place requires you to go down a short but steep flight of stairs. There’s an elevator at the back of the space that takes you to an exterior exit, so people in wheelchairs can get in and out, but it’s kind of awkward. I can walk fine, but I have a knee that really didn’t like those stairs.

  2. froborr November 5, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I voted, but I’m not really sure why. I mean, it’s demonstrably the case that democracy is not very good at social justice and completely incapable of handling our mounting environmental crises, so what’s the point of it?

  3. Only Some Stardust November 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Err, maybe the form of democracy we have now sucks; what we really need is reform to get rid of that damned ‘only two viable candidates’ thing, and let people vote for least and most favorite candidates and tally up the lists given instead. And we need to make it easier to vote in general, rather than the opposite with these shitty stunts people are pulling with the big ‘voter fraud’ idiocy.

    I will probably be taking a pass on it… simply because of accessibility issues. I’m trapped with my family. I hate to say it but my father can be a real ass; he doesn’t want to do anything but put food on the table, buy toys for himself and occasionally take us to the dentist, and he’s the only one with a car. x_x He isn’t helping my little sister get legal ID even after promising to, so she can’t vote either. The situation will change eventually but it’s a slow, uphill battle and very despair inducing.

  4. storiteller November 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that Only Some Stardust. That must be terribly frustrating.

    Froborr, because it’s the best we’ve got and the alternative would only be worse. Depressing as hell, but isn’t life sometimes?

    The folks over at Making Light have some really interesting conversation about voting, not voting, and the right to complain either way: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/016038.html#016038

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