Today, I'm in a serious but optimistic mood, so I'm sharing Vox's How India runs the world's biggest election. Pay attention to all the effort made to allow as many people to vote as possible.
900 million eligible voters need access to polling booths.Compared to the United States, where voter suppression is such an issue, India, at least as portrayed by Vox, really tries to make voting available to everyone. I think that makes India a better example to follow than the U.S. when it comes to voting in a democracy. A comparison of turnout supports that view, as India's latest election had a turnout of 67.1%, while the best the U.S. had was 62.3% of eligible voters and 58.2% of total voting-age population in 2008, according to Wikipedia, while 2016 saw 55.5% of voting-age population actually vote. Time to advocate for the U.S. doing at least as well as India.
Elections in India aren’t like others. India voted to pick its central government for the next five years throughout the spring of 2019. An eighth of the world’s entire population was eligible to vote in this election. That’s 900 million people, and more than 67 percent voted.
India runs the world’s biggest elections, and officials put in a lot of effort to make this democratic exercise is as accessible as possible. This means they make sure everyone, even in the most remote locations, is near a polling booth — even if it means bringing voting machines to them by elephant.