After he's finished baking cookies for various elderly women in the County of San Francisco, Jason is heading off to Atlanta to witness voting and be generally helpful for the election next week.
This brings me to an interesting project initiated by the AIGA called the Polling Place Photo Project. In the interests of improving the ease of voting in the US, the project is set to create the first-ever documentation of how people vote across the country:
With citizens' images and the information that accompanies them, the Project becomes a research tool on how voting happens in America and how it can be designed to be easier, less confusing and more enjoyable. The project intends to collect photographs of every polling place in America, so you are encouraged to participate no matter where you vote, how large or small your polling place is, what kind of ballot you use, or what your party affiliation.
I've ranted to various American friends about the (ridiculous) amount of variety in physical method and puzzle-like complexity of the voting system here. Coming from Australia where (a) voting is compulsory and (b) people vote with pencil and paper, in a uniform way across the entire country, and (c) elections are supervised by a non-partisan body called the Australian Electoral Commission, it's encouraging to finally hear that some designers are coming together to begin to understand the breadth of the issue here, and what sort of steps could be taken to make things easier. It would be fascinating to be involved in the design of a new, improved voting system. Wow! What a project.