Elections: How The Romans Did It

There was a day when counting ballots by hand meant sorting through shards of broken pot, taking care not to break them into even smaller bits. Elaine Fantham, Weekend Edition's classics commentator, tells guest host Lynn Neary about those days and the finer points of voting, Roman style.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.