In 1846, a US voter literally voiced his opinion on who should be elected President. In 2008 many voters will be using a computer operated system. In the past 219 years, the voting process has changed -- not only in how voters submit their votes; but in who is allowed to vote. In 1869 African American men were given the right to vote. Today, Senator Barack Obama, an African American man is the Democratic nominee for President. Just 88 years ago, in 1920, the first woman was allowed to vote, and this historic year, Senator Hillary Clinton nearly won a spot as the Democratic candidate. Join us on a journey through the history of voting.
President Coolidge stands beside a car with radio equipment that was used on the campaign trail. (1924)
Voting machine with the curtains pulled back. (1905)
A man making an impression on a large piece of paper used with a voting machine. (1904)
A searchlight was used in the 1916 election to communicate the election returns to the crowds that gathered in the street.
NY Electoral College & NY VP Electoral College- New York Electoral College ballots cast for William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman, 1909.
Women voters casting ballots after suffrage
Official 1960 Ballot Barry Goldwater & William Miller vs. Lyndon Johnson & Hubert Humphrey