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033/365 | Primary Day in Illinois | Project 365/2010 | by myoldpostcards
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033/365 | Primary Day in Illinois | Project 365/2010

It's primary election day in Illinois, and I brought my camera to the polling place in hope of getting an interesting shot. Unfortunately, the place was nearly empty, and the most interesting thing to photograph turned out to be my ballot. Illinois has a semi-open primary, which means that any registered voter can vote, but must select from a Republican, Democrat, or Green Party ballot, and then vote only for the candidates of one party. Further, the party selected by the voter is recorded and becomes a matter of public record, which tends to dampen enthusiasm for voting in primary elections altogether. It's not a particularly good system, but is one that both the Democrats and Republicans have a vested interested in and are unwilling to change.

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Taken on February 2, 2010