The flood of votes by women created a need. Introduced in the 1890s, lever voting machines became commercially viable when women's suffrage became the law of the land. In the 1960s, IBM Endicott's punch card technology was adapted to record and tabulate votes, a system that continued in use until the early 21st century in many states, including Florida. In the digital age of today, New Yorkers vote with Optical Scan Tabulators.
Try all of three of these technologies at TechWorks! from Oct 9th, 2017 - Jan 25th, 2018.
Presented in collaboration with the Broome County Board of Elections as part of the NYS Paths Through History Weekend, Oct 2017. Curated by Karl Bernhardsen and Justin MacGregor, Broome County Board of Elections, AAUW - Southern Tier Chapter, and Emily Sainz, Binghamton University, Class of 2018.
At TechWorks! Vintage IBM Computing Center, the only site on the East Coast to see historic IBM machines in action, check out an IBM 1401 system (1959), the data tabulating machines used by the VOTOMATIC card voting system (2nd photo from left, below).