Ballot Monkey!


Tonight on the Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel introduced her viewers to perhaps the most amazing political innovation since the butterfly ballot: the ballot monkey. According to the Huffington Post,

The tiny helper will collect and deliver absentee ballots, and the company ensures that they will get to England in time for the May 6 deadline.

Another story on cites Beattie McGuinness Bungay representative Mara Flynn: “It was just a quirky idea . . . We wanted to make voting fun and entertaining.”

The program targets British expatriates, and it encourages them to cast absentee ballots. Working four-hour shifts, the monkeys—Cosmo, Gwendolyn, and Yoko (who, one hopes, refrains from singing)—flit about collecting ballots and sending them on their way to the U.K. The critters even have their own Facebook page!

Take a peek:

We definitely need to lobby for monkeys to handle our domestic ballots as well, and, given some of our citizens’ lack of reflection, one wonders if they could cast votes instead of just hauling them.


~ by Moldorf on May 6, 2010.

One Response to “Ballot Monkey!”

  1. Makes perfect sense to me. We already use a “survey monkey” to complete surveys about our school, so why not a ballot monkey to vote for us. I think the Americans were quick to use the ballot monkey in the 2000 and 2004 election.

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