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Vote: The Machinery of Democracy

Always one with a timely exhibition that reflects both historical concerns and issues of immediate expediency, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has created this website as the online incarnation of one of their current exhibits, “Vote: The Machinery of Democracy”. Through a host of relevant items (such as one of the controversial butterfly ballots used in Palm Beach County, Florida, in 2000), the exhibit “examines how Americans have historically adopted improved voting techniques as a result of the political, social and technological changes in the country.” The exhibit is divided into nine well-crafted sections, which includes informative retrospectives on the use of paper ballots, the variety of ways in which voters can cast their ballots, and of course, on the fractious situation of the Florida recount of 2000. A final bonus on the site is the thorough bibliography, which includes books, articles, a number of web links, and a few extra webpages on voting technology.
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Date of Scout Publication 2004-09-03
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2004/scout-040903#4

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