Rock the Vote
Today is election day in South Korea, where people choose their new representatives in parliament. I don’t have a whole lot to say about that, but there are a few interesting observations I’ve made about Korean elections.
First of all, people get the day off on election day. I have no school, my homestay dad doesn’t have to go into the office - all so that people have basically no excuse for not voting. Which is a pretty neat concept in my opinion.
I definitely remember my parents having to rush into our town hall before work to cast their ballots in the morning, or rush home from work early to get their vote in before the place closed. This eliminates some of the major obstacles to getting the vote out.
Also, apparently it’s illegal for media outlets and candidates to conduct public opinion polls for a week before the election. Having taken a high-level political science/media course my senior year, I know how detrimental it can be to have dozens upon dozens of polls and percentages and “slight leads” flashed into the face of the public constantly in the run-up to an election. So I like this idea too.
Supposedly it’s a pretty close race between the ruling party and the main opposition party for control of the parliament, so we’ll see how it goes.