Papal Vote - Sistine Chapel Chimney Smoke
- Responding to Pope John Paul II's request, the Vatican will ring bells in addition to sending up white smoke to signal the election of his successor.Black smoke means no decision has been made. Normally the vote takes around 5 days, but it did once take 3 years. It was also a tradition not to give the voting cardinals anything to eat, so that they would hurry up with their decision. They also used to sleep on the floor of the chapel.