Butterfly Ballot Type Voting Machine

Summary

This mobile voting machine collapses into the size of a briefcase. Fully opened, privacy panels fold out to form a voting booth. Paper "butterfly ballots" are pierced with a "punch needle"--reminiscent of computer punch cards. During the 2000 Presidential election, these infamous ballots caused confusion among voters in Palm Beach County, Florida. Spoiled and mismarked ballots forced a recount.

This mobile voting machine collapses into the size of a briefcase. Fully opened, privacy panels fold out to form a voting booth. Paper "butterfly ballots" are pierced with a "punch needle"--reminiscent of computer punch cards. During the 2000 Presidential election, these infamous ballots caused confusion among voters in Palm Beach County, Florida. Spoiled and mismarked ballots forced a recount.

Artifact

Voting-machine

Date Made

circa 1995

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2001.152.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Metal
Cloth

Color

Blue
Beige (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Length: 17 in

Height: 4 in  (of case)

Height: 43.5 in

Width: 22 in

Inscriptions

on upraised label on case: IBM / VOTOMATIC

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