When astronauts vote from space, they list their address as “low-Earth orbit” in their absentee ballots. Yet recently North Dakota republicans wanted to essentially ban Native American’s from voting because many of them have no address on their IDs.
In the United States the reason voting takes place on a Tuesday is in 1845 it could take rural farmers up to a day of travelling by horse and cart to get to a voting station. Wednesday was typically market day and Sunday was the Biblical Sabbath so Tuesday was chosen to allow ample travel time.
During the 2013 elections in The Maldives, a coconut was detained on the suspicion of ‘vote-rigging’ through the use of black magic. A magician was called in and established that the coconut was innocent.
A team sets up a polling booth in an isolated forest in India each election so that a lone priest who lives there can vote, because the Election Commission mandates that no voter should “ordinarily travel more than 2km to reach the booth.”
Back in 1970, Douglas P. Stewart, a professor of classics at Brandeis University, made headlines for advocating that the elderly should lose the right to vote.
His thesis is this:
“The old, having no future, are dangerously free from the consequences of their own political acts, and it makes no sense to allow the vote to someone who is actuarially unlikely to survive and pay the bills for (what) he may help elect.”
In other words, Stewart thinks old people vote with an attitude of “grand je serais mort, je me ficherais de tou — (when I’m dead, it (society) can go to hell).”
Citizens of Athens, Tennessee in 1946 lead an armed rebellion against the local government who was accused of using law enforcement to intimidate voters and rig elections.
With Saudi Arabia now allowing women to vote, Vatican City is the only remaining country where women cannot vote.
Vigo County, Indiana has voted correctly with the winner in every presidential election since 1956, and in all but two since 1892.
When George Washington first ran for the Virginia House of Burgesses, he supplied 164 gallons of of alcohol to only 396 voters so they would like him. Washington won.
Russian voters used to have a box on their ballots to vote for “against all”.