The Diribitorium was a public voting hall situated on the Campus Martius in Ancient Rome. In this building, the votes cast by the people were counted by election officials. Construction of the building was started by Marcus Agrippa but finished by Augustus in 7 BC. According to Cassius Dio, the diribitorium was among a number of public buildings that were destroyed by fire in 80 AD, and subsequently rebuilt by Emperor Titus.
The Ovilia was an enclosed space in the Diribitorium and was originally divided by barriers of some sort into aisles and sections, corresponding in number to the curiae, tribus or centuriae of the different assemblies, and through these the people passed to deposit their votes on the pons or raised platform at the side. In ancient days, voting was done by dropping small wax-covered tablets into an urn known as a cista. We have adopted the same secret ballot system with the assistance of modern technology.
Office of the Diribitores et CustodesEdit
- Diribitores et Custodes List
Current Diribitors of Nova RomaEdit
Marcus Martianius Lupus
Caius Aemilius Crassus
Sextus Postumius Albus
Gaius Iulius Adventor
Current Custodes of Nova RomaEdit
Stephanus Ullerius Venator Piperbarbus