The counting of the votes in South Africa’s election continues, with the results likely available by midday on Thursday. While this process carries on, J. BROOKS SPECTOR contemplates the paradox of voting and how it fits into the larger picture of active citizenship.
South Africa’s fifth democratic election proceeded throughout 7 May in the kind of glorious late autumn weather that may have helped generate the heavy turnout (at least in urban areas) that must have given encouragement to political leaders of all persuasions with hopes their respective supporters had come out to cast their ballots. Theodore H. White, the chronicler of four American presidential elections in his “Making of the President” series between 1960 to 1972 – books that virtually created the election narrative genre – almost always painted the picture of election day with a nod towards the prevailing weather as a sub rosa guide to the national psyche. One wonders what kind of symbolic meanings White would have found in South Africa’s glorious weather for a reading of the national temperament and state of mind.
Of course, as this article was finished, the nation’s 22,000-plus polling stations had just closed, as all voters who had arrived by…
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