Guatemalans Voted in National Elections on September 9th

Guatemalan Elections 2007 - Marked finger with indelible ink

A finger marked with indelible ink is the proof you have voted in the Guatemalan General Elections. Above a marked finger in front of one of the voting centers in La Antigua Guatemala where elections progressed in a calm and quiet atmosphere.

People were pointed to their voting centers by a mailed slip with the information or by visiting one of citizens’ registration booths made available by the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (Electoral Supreme Tribunal). At the voting centers, people were oriented by the posters with table numbers and voting registration number (número de empadronamiento in Spanish). Once the voters had the right table, they walked to the queue and waiting their voting turn. At their turn, they approached the table where they had to show their cédulas (Identification card) and they were asked to repeat some of the information in their cédulas. Their voting registration number was checked against the logbooks provided by Tribunal Supremo Electoral. If all checked correctly, voters were given four ballots: One for city mayor, another for regional congress seats, another national congress seats and the last one for president and vice-president. With the four ballots and a crayon, voters walked to the voting booth and marked their election and walked back to the voting table to deposit their ballots in the urnas (ballot transparent bags). After that, voters had to sign the voting registration logbooks and their cédula was given back and their pointing finger marked with indelible ink. Basically, this is the voting process in Guatemala.

Children were also given the opportunity to simulate the election process by voting for president and vice-president. The children’s election process mimicked the adult voting process with similar ballot and erasable purple ink. Children between 5 and 17 years of age could participate. Children voting centers were located at different locations throughout La Antigua Guatemala.

I prepared a Flickr Slideshow of the Guatemalan Elections 2007 with keyframes showing the election process described above. Please, let me know what you think of it and if you believe I have done my job at giving you a feeling for the election process in La Antigua Guatemala. I will be waiting for your feedback.

Here is a short list of other blogs (in Spanish) that covered the Guatemalan Elections thanks to

  1. Votaciones 2007
  2. Dentro del proceso electoral
  3. Sitios Web de los medios impresos y las Elecciones Generales en Guatemala
  4. Maratonica lucha para ejercer el voto
  5. Elecciones en Guatemala Transcurren con normalidad
  6. Primera media jornada de votación transcurre en calma
  7. Otto Pérez Molina en las urnas del CUM
  8. Todos a Votar
  9. Llegó la hora: a mancharse el dedo

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  • vuelvo al español… creo que la actividad de votar debe de abarcar una gran cantidad de tiempo se esta tomando una decision muy seria, yo al menos me tome dicho tiempo… buena foto la que posteaste.. me pregunto como sale esa tinta por que la verdad no me la logro quitar. thanks for link my recent post about my fight to vote….

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  • Pavlo, aquí se puede comentar en castellano y en inglés. Este sitio es bilingüe y plural siempre y cuando se respeten las opiniones de todos. Así que bienvenido y comenta como mejor te plazca.

    Te recomiendo que te pases por mi sitio en castellano Crónicas efímeras para una pequeña sorpresa.

  • sound like a better system than voting machines.

  • Herbasio

    Muy buena cobertura Rudy!

  • Becky

    Hi Rudy,
    Being a voter registrar in my town, I found the photos and the process very interesting. My son also said it was very calm and orderly in his small town, although there were some armed security in the streets.

    Thanks for the extra photos of the election process. It was good to see after the press about the killings in Guatemala City over the past months.


  • Thanks for the coverage. I like the idea of children practicing voting. Do you what a typical voter turnout is in Guatemla? Shelley

  • Dina

    Thank you for the slide show-what great insight to the day. Look how serious the children look- What a great value to instill in the very young!

  • Ham

    Fascinating coverage of the democratic process. It is almost upsetting how lightly elections are treated in England, although maybe that’s because most people feel their vote won’t make a difference.

  • I love the main photo — the finger in the foreground and the sign in the back. The slide show was great — love the election for the children. 🙂

  • Ann

    The process is very similar in Jamaica – even the finger in the ink. I had planned on showing a picture of that but then I forgot :-/

    I’m happy to know that election day itself was very calm. I like the idea of having the children participate in a simulation of the election process. It teaches them the importance of adult suffrage.

  • Jerry B

    Spent the day in Tecpan and La Antigua, watching the voters. It was great to see such enthusiasm and such a high percentage (60%) of citizens exercising their civic duty. Would be nice to see such a high percentage in USA elections. Congratulations, Guatemala!

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