2 Nov 2006 10 am eastern

The Polling Place Photo Project

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.

The Polling Place Photo Project is part of Design for Democracy, an initiative of AIGA, the professional association for design.

[tags]democracy, usa, voting, polls, AIGA, designfordemocracy[/tags]

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10 Responses to “The Polling Place Photo Project”

  1. Christopher Schmitt said on

    Not sure how legal this is as photos of polling places in my county aren’t allowed, I believe, to protect people’s privacy.

  2. MH said on

    “Richness and complexity of voting in America”?

    What’s so rich about people waiting in line and walking in and out of booths? The really interesting part happens behind a curtain, doesn’t it?

    Hmm…what else could they possibly mean by “richness and complexity?”

    Look for photos of illegal aliens being turned away from the polls. With captions implying they are legitimate voters.

  3. Dale Cruse said on

    Christopher: The question of legality is a good one. The Polling Place Photo project website has a link to the Center for Citizen Media’s Election Day Bloggers’ Legal Guide, which should help answer your question. http://citmedia.org/projects/electiondaylaw

  4. PRQ said on

    MH, while the most important part happens behind the curtain, it would seem that enough people find the entire experience interesting enough to bother with this sort of thing.

  5. Nick Garnett said on

    Well, hello from England – congrats on that ‘house’ and ‘senate’ thing

  6. a work on process » Providing Election Results said on

    [...] This year’s midterm elections saw a huge range of online campaigning innovations. None of them was truly revolutionary, but from candidate profiles on facebook to coordinated text messaging campaigns and use of youtube, the emphasis on reaching out to voters online continues to grow. With all the worries about polling irregularities, projects like Polling Place Photo Project (via Zeldman) were also a nice addition to the toolkit. [...]

  7. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thanks, Nick.

  8. online digital photo printing said on

    In my country, photos of polling places are not allowed because of privacy issues.

  9. blogflow #1 | Web Produktmanagement said on

    [...] Das Polling Place Photo Project sammelt Fotos von US-Wahlkabinen um “Vielfalt” zu zeigen. Mal sehen ob’s der Demokratie hilft. (via) [...]

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