Instructional Voting Machine, 1944


This facsimile gear-and-lever voting machine was last used in the 1944 presidential election between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas E. Dewey. Small models like this acquainted voters with the workings of the actual machine; the row-and-column ballot of parties and candidates was based upon the graphic design of the blanket or Australian ballot these machines began to displace after the turn of the 20th century. From 1900 through the early 1960s, the gear-and-lever voting machine was promoted as an ideal technology.

Date Made: 1943

Described: Roosevelt, Franklin DelanoTruman, Harry S.Dewey, Thomas E.

Place Made: United States: Washington

General Subject Association: ElectionsUsed: VotingRelated Event: Presidential Campaign of 1944


See more items in: Political 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: 2001.0244.01Accession Number: 2001.0244Catalog Number: 2001.0244.01

Object Name: Voting Machine

Physical Description: red, olive green (overall color)Measurements: overall: 15 in x 14 in x 1 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 35.56 cm x 3.81 cm


Record Id: nmah_882061

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