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Illustration of hands reaching out to place pieces of paper into a ballot box.

Image description: Blue and red hands reach toward a white ballot box. Each hand holds a small square of paper with an x marked on it. iStock

To mark the centenary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, Anthropology News is turning an anthropological eye on voting and voting rights. What does anthropology tell us about suffrage movements at different times and in different places? Which suffrage stories have been occluded or overlooked? What voting rights struggles persist? From linguistic analyses of campaign rhetoric to ethnographic accounts of get-out-the-vote canvassing to media manipulation and disinformation, we invite you to consider voting and elections past and present—to cast your ballot for our July/August VOTE issue.

We are open to pitches that approach voting from an engaging anthropological perspective in the form of feature essays or visual essays.

Please send a 250-word pitch that outlines the story or argument of your piece, and a 50-word author bio to [email protected] by June 12, 2020. If proposing a photo or illustrated essay, include one or two images.

First drafts will be due by July 3 and will go through a developmental edit with the AN editor. Full articles are 1,600–2,000 words. Photo essays comprise 6–8 high resolution images and a 600-word introductory essay. Final articles will publish in the July/August print magazine and on the AN website.