India’s ongoing multiphase national election is offering up a new innovation: “pink” polling stations offering childcare, waiting areas shaded from the sun, cheerful decorations and drinking water. Election workers and security staff protecting the booths are also women — all part of an effort to increase female turnout. India’s Election Commission aims to have at least one pink booth in each subdivision of every district.
Do women run India? For decades, men have outvoted women, but analysts believe this year’s historic election could be the first time women overtake men at the polls.
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