Picture of the Day: Behold, the Mighty Voting Machine

By Rebecca J. Rosen

AP321103079.jpg

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.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: AP.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/02/picture-of-the-day-behold-the-mighty-voting-machine/253039/