Picture of the Day: Behold, the Mighty Voting Machine

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On this day in 1899, Congress approved the use of mechanical voting machines for federal elections. Over the course of the 20th century, the machines gained in popularity. Above, Horace Curry in the town hall of Hyde Park, New York, preparing the polls where Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt was to vote later that day, November 3, 1932.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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