A few weeks before the 2000 presidential election, I voted via absentee ballot while attending RIT. My hometown of Hopatcong sent me a punch-card ballot with instructions to punch the card using a pen. After completing the ballot, I noticed a collection of little paper dots on my desk. It would be a few weeks before I learned that these were known as ‘chads’.
I thought it would be fun to tape all of these dots to a piece of paper reading ‘Democracy @ Work’ and place it on my dorm room door at CSH. Fast-forwarding a few weeks to election day, and the drama in Florida which followed, this would go from being a sign of my pride and participation to a disappointing reminder of the inefficiency in our voting system.