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Vote: The Machinery of Democracy

looks at the history and variety of voting methods in the U.S. -- the voice vote, "party ticket" (paper ballots listing candidates from just one party), Australian ballot, gear and lever machine, and others. Voting reforms of the early 1900s, when the U.S. electorate doubled, are described. Kinds of voting equipment used in counties across the U.S. are shown on a map. Innovative design improvements are discussed. (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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Interesting Fact:

The term ballot is derived from the Italian ballotta, meaning "little ball." This ballot box was not used in a U.S. election. It was used by members of the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of Washington, D.C., a social club.
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Youth vote poster

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