Ballot Boxes

Goodwin have worked in partnership with Opt/Pakflatt for over 16 years, designing plastic products and collapsible booths used in voting worldwide.

Adamant that even the traditional ballot box could be improved upon, Pakflatt's Managing Director, Patrick McGonagle, canvassed Goodwin's opinion. The shortcomings of steel boxes were manifest: heavy, sharpedged and difficult to carry, they also spend the bulk of their lives in storage. The obvious solution of a lightweight collapsible box raised its own problems. Fold-down rigid panels would not be secure, as they would involve joints or seams through which ballot papers could fall out – or be stuffed in!

Goodwin elected to go for a plastic blow-moulded box, which can be squashed flat for storage but still provides high capacity when needed. Portable and cost effective, the one-piece box is also tamper proof. It even floats, making it ideal for countries where ballot boxes are transported to remote areas by boat.

In another successful project undertaken for Pakflatt, we developed a rigid, stackable, ballot box with a two-part lid that fits inside for storage. It is available in clear moulded plastic for countries that require ballot boxes to be seen to be empty before voting commences.

The boxes also needed to be lockable to secure the ballots in transit to the counting station and be able to take identification tags so they can be traced back to a particular polling station in case of any irregularities.

Because the requirement was for 2 sizes of main box, which was achieved by having an insert in the tool so that the more complex top area was reused on both components to keep overall tooling costs as low as possible, and the mouldings are both large and in some cases clear, it was important that the tooling was of very good quality but that its cost should be kept as low as possible. To achieve this, we put the company in touch with a moulding company we knew could meet all these requirements.

For both products we helped Pakflatt find a suitable blow moulding and injection moulding companies to produce all the components, organised tooling and manufacture, and supplied the toolmakers with all the information they required.