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Vote! The Machinery of Democracy

Vote! The Machinery of Democracy

July 16, 2004 – February 21, 2005

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 1st Floor, East Wing Corridor

As the 2000 Presidential election hung in the balance for weeks, many citizens learned there is no national voting standard and called for sweeping reforms. This exhibition provides an overview of the evolution and progression of voting techniques and examines the varied voting processes used today in various parts of the country. Objects on view include numerous voting machines and a variety of ballots, including the butterfly ballot, with its hanging chads, used in Palm Beach County, Florida. Several interactives are also included.

Note: The floor map indicating voting equipment used in each county of the U.S. remained on view after the exhibition closed; it was removed Feb. 25, 2005.

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