8 Surprising Differences Between Voting In The UK And In The US
In the UK, you can vote by doodling a dick on a piece of paper. Maybe.
In the US, after you vote you get a sweet sticker.
And you can put the sticker on your face and look cool all day.
You don't get a sticker in the UK.
The UK ballot is as simple as this.
An American one will usually look more like this.
In the US, depending on what state you're in, you either have to feed your ballot into a big machine...
...or use an electronic voting machine...
...or something else scary and complicated.
In Britain, you just, like, stick it in the box.
In the US, there are pretty strict rules about how to actually mark your vote.
This was the root of much chaos in the 2000 presidential campaign and Florida's "hanging chads".
In the UK, though, the rule is only that you have to express a clear preference on the ballot.
So, like, you can literally draw a dick in a box and it counts. Probably.
It's a bit less strict for non-broadcasters like BuzzFeed.
Whereas in America on polling day, the media go completely hysterical, reporting every controversy, exit poll, and #Informed #Citizen's #Opinion.
In the UK, the campaign kicked off on 30 March, and everyone's voting by 7 May. That's less than six weeks.
In the US, candidates are under constant scrutiny for their physical appearance and whether or not they seem "presidential".
In the UK, however...yeah, it's pretty much the same.
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