THE OFFICIAL UNOFFICAL VOTING STATION: 2020
This project is partially supported by:
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago Artists Coalition MAKER Grant
Gallery 400 & Threewalls Propeller Grant
Bloom Fund Visual Artist Grant
DCASE Individual Artist Grant
AHL Foundation Andrew & Barbara Choi Family Foundation Grant
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Graphic designer: Ishita Dharap
Voting kit photos: Thaib Wahab
For the 2020 Presidential election, I created Voting Kit for the Disenfranchised, a collective kit of objects made by myself and other Chicago-based artists to be distributed and to activate imaginative voting stations in the United States and all over the world. I created 50 kits that anyone could request to create their own voting station, and all 50 kits were requested and sent out.
Included in the Voting Kits for the Disenfranchised:
1. 100 Official Unofficial Presidential candidate ballots.
2. 100 Official Unofficial issues ballots.
3. 1 Official Unofficial ballot box.
4. 2 Who Can’t Legally Vote in the United States during the Presidential Elections? graphics made by Cute Rage Press.
5. 51 Voting Stickers for All by Cute Rage Press.
6. 50 If We Could Vote, We Would! Wristbands by Undocumented Projects.
7. Party as Protest U.S.B. or vinyl record compiled by DJ Sadie Woods.
8. 50 Actions to Expand Voting Rights flyer by Erin Delaney and Aram Han Sifuentes.
9. Vote for Our Futures and Vota Para Nuestro Futuro screen print posters available in eight different languages by William Estrada.
10. Let Us Vote! or Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t banner by Protest Banner Lending Library (made by Aram Han Sifuentes, Verónica Casado Hernández, and Sarah Whyte).
The kit was intended as a starting point. Those who activated their own voting station could pick and choose which materials to use and to riff off of. There were no limitations for how to use the kit. My only ask was for “activators” to share the voting results and any documentation that each of them desired to contribute.