The Acme Ballot Box, 1880


Political manipulation and election fraud was often compared to a well-oiled machine. Reformers determined to fight political machines with ballot reform and voting machines. The Acme, an improvement upon the open-slot box, has a lever mechanism that accepts one ballot per voter into the box and counts the ballot at the same time. This particular Acme was used in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, around 1880.

Date Made: ca1880

Used: ElectionsGeneral Subject Association: Voting


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.263435.01Catalog Number: 263435.01Accession Number: 263435

Object Name: Voting Machine

Physical Description: wood, metal (overall material)brown (overall color)Measurements: overall including handle: 27 in x 18 in x 20 1/2 in; 68.58 cm x 45.72 cm x 52.07 cm


Record Id: nmah_529015

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