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Citizens throughout the country used gear-and-lever voting machines from the time of their invention in the late 1890s, through the 1960s. The voter pulled a handle to close the curtains of the voting booth; turned the levers over their chosen candidates to expose the "X"s; and then pulled the handle back to register the votes and open the curtains. Instructional models like the one here, used in the City and County of San Francisco in 1928, acquainted voters with the operational features of these automatic voting machines.


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Instructional Model of Automatic Voting Machine.

Instructional Model of Automatic Voting Machine.

Donated to the California State Archives by Mrs. Edward Lammerding in 2007.


Photographs and instructions for setting up voting machine.

Photographs and instructions for setting up voting machine.

Photographs and instructions for setting up voting machine.

Donated to the California State Archives by Mrs. Edward Lammerding in 2007.



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