Design Observer is partnering with the New York Times to sponsor Polling Place Photo Project 2008, in which voters across the country submit their photos of the election process. Photos from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary have already been submitted; you can view them here. If you're reading this in Michigan, there's still time to take and submit photos of the primary election being held today. Within the next few weeks, 28 more states (including my own, California) will hold primaries.
According to the Times website, the project is:
a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that encourages voters to capture, post and share photographs of this year’s primaries, caucuses and general election. By documenting local voting experiences, participants can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America.
Also captured in the project's questionnaire: the type of ballot used, the number of people in line, and the length of the wait.
The Polling Place Photo Project is also linked to the AIGA's Design for Democracy initiative, which seeks to improve ballot and election design.
Note: Some states allow photographs of polling places; others don't. Check local laws before taking pictures.
Pictured: "Leaving the polling station in Stratham, New Hampshire."