Illiteracy at Election Time

The equivalency of civic elections occurred in the islands. A whole section of the newspaper was devoted to the list of candidates on each island. However, there is a large segment of the population that is either illiterate, or does not speak English. They speak Haitian Creole. As a matter of fact, some gas stations are now advertizing in Haitian Creole.

Since many people cannot read, at the polling station they have a board with the pictures of the candidates. Opposite their pictures is a clip art symbol. This allows the illiterate voter to match his or her vote to the person they want to vote for and the ballot itself.

I personally have never seen voting conducted this way before. I have seen the joke floating on the internet. It is a picture of a billboard, and on the billboard it says "Are you illiterate? Write for help now!"

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