My Fair Election
crowd-sources pollwatching: "We hope that this information will be used by citizens, journalists, and election officials to identify the worst polling places and work to fix them. We hope that officials in charge of polling places with long lines or otherwise operate poorly will be embarrassed, held to account, and so motivated to do a better job." (via Hollie Russon-Gilman
and Archon Fung
posted by anotherpanacea
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Between 16 April - 13 May
the worlds largest democracy will go into action. Being India the logistics
are mind boggling. Over 700 million eligible voters who will vote in over 700,000 polling stations for 1,055 political parties. The BBC goes on to explain what makes Indian elections special
. University of Maryland has Forecasts and Analysis
and Trends in Indian Election Politics
has both insight and an interesting blog roll. As Indian Politics are more than usually corrupt and thuggish there is website
dedicated to information about candidates with a criminal history. Sadly in spite of this great democratic exercise, repression of speech
and miscarriage of justice will probably still be around for a while.
posted by adamvasco
on Apr 3, 2009 -
Vote, damn you!
Residents of Ascension Island
have been taking part in their second ever general election
, but they have been so apathetic that the returning officer gave up trying to enrol voters and just signed up all 697 of them herself.
Meanwhile, further South, it’s also election day in the Falkland Islands,
complete with flying ballot boxes
and a campaign in which, (rightly or wrongly), even 23 years after the conflict, many of the candidates
juggle the usual municipal chit-chat that occupies a population of under 3,000 with matters of international diplomacy, such as
councillors’ visits to the UN
,and whether Argentina should be ignored, resisted or befriended.
posted by penguin pie
on Nov 17, 2005 -
Elections on the US model?
Now that the voting is done, questions are starting to arise . . . Sunni Moslems in Kirkuk had an exemption from the boycott of the vote. But of 38 designated polling centres in the Hawija district, only 19 actually opened, and the electoral commission had only sent 50,000 ballots to the district, even though more than 100,000 voters were on the rolls.
Of course, things like that happen often in places new to voting, like Ohio.
But wait, there's more! Kurdish Christians were not able to vote when balloting materials arrived inexplicably late, and Iraq's interim president said a shortage of ballots at some polling places may have kept tens of thousands from voting.
There's been a lot of news about suspicious elections all over the world
during the last few years. How can we restore our faith
in the democratic process?
posted by kyrademon
on Feb 3, 2005 -