Instructional Voting Machine, 1944

Instructional Voting Machine, 1944

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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.
Object Name
Voting Machine
Date made
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Truman, Harry S.
Dewey, Thomas E.
place made
United States: Washington
Physical Description
red, olive green (overall color)
overall: 15 in x 14 in x 1 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 35.56 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Presidential Campaign of 1944
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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