Take a Vote, Leave a Vote
EXPERIENCE DESIGN / SPECULATIVE DESIGN
I’m sad to hear that you’ve decided not to vote today.
But, would you mind, donating your ballot?
Take a Vote, Leave a Vote is a speculative design for considering the value of our votes by Karen Vellensky, Lassor Feasley, Doug Fertig, Chris Rand, and Jingting He.
As there are many eligible voters who abstain from voting, while millions of people living in the United States are not eligible to vote, Take a Vote, Leave a Vote gives the opportunity for people who are not eligible to vote a way to request a vote from eligible voters. When faced with the decision to actively give up their voice in the name of another, eligible voters will find more value in their vote.
On Election Day, in front of the Washington Square Arch, the Take a Vote, Leave a Vote crew began attracting a small but steady crowd. Engaging participants in the straightforward and simple interaction led to the start of some deep conversations about a citizen's place in American society and America's place in the world. Most were excited by the chance to give voice to the voiceless, or the chance to express their wish for election day. There were, however, some detractors who raised provocative points about personal obligation. In the end, a theme in the responses emerged: the idea that American citizens have an obligation to consider the billions of people who may be affected by the outcome of their choice—whether they vote or not.