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Vote! The Machinery of Democracy


Follow the evolution of voting in the United States, and the controversies along the way, from early elections to the modern patchwork of manual, mechanical, and electronic balloting. Explore different types of voting machines and ballots, including the butterfly ballot used in Palm Beach County, Florida in 2000, and find out how your county cast votes in the 2004 election using the interactive map.

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