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Election Transparency | Connected by Glass (discussing the glass ballot box)

In the mid-19th century, widespread political corruption and questions about who had the right to vote led to an intriguing invention: the glass ballot box. The transparency of this glass ballot box literally shows that a person’s vote will be counted; metaphorically, this transparency conveys the democratic value of an open society in which everyone who is eligible to vote will be permitted to vote, and that everyone who does vote will have that vote be counted. As a complement to our Transparent: voting in America exhibition, curator emeritus Marv Bolt hosts this timely discussion that focuses on the notion that our past gives evidence showing that democracy can survive deep disagreements, and that the desire for transparency in voting is a core value of our nation. Marv is joined by Ellery Foutch, an assistant professor in American Studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont, and Mark Johnson, a civil rights attorney in Kansas City who teaches election law at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kansas. Moderator Marvin Bolt is the Curator Emeritus of Science & Technology at The Corning Museum of Glass. About the Connected By Glass Series Glass is all around us, working hard to enrich our lives. It’s so easy to look through glass, but we rarely pause to look at it. This live chat series features Museum experts and special guests who share their insights into a range of topics, allowing us to discover all the unexpected ways that we are connected by glass. Join us on YouTube and Facebook Live as we discuss topics including glass used in science and innovation, entertainment, fashion, industry, design, and travel. Find the full schedule of upcoming Connected by Glass events on