Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day Lever Machines

Mechanical Lever Voting Machines were first used in Lockport, New York in 1892. Four years later Rochester became the first large city to adopt the machines and the entire state soon followed.

On February 14th, 1899 voting machines were approved by Congress for use in federal elections.

Anniversary information courtesy of Sowing Culture the Blog of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS.) Photograph Courtesy of Connecticut History Online.

Voting machine, Hartford (CT, 1912)