Voting Machine

A grand, old-fashioned voting machine at my poling place. Move red lever to the right to close the curtain and enable the levers; move red lever to the left to vote and open the curtains. Sorry -- how have we improved on that?

  • Siobhan 7y

    actually. displaying your vote is expressly prohibited by NY state law.
    So while you can take the picture, you're not allowed to show it to anyone or upload it.

    Not that I heeded that law either.
  • John C Abell 7y

    @toyfoto. Who says that was my vote? The vote is only registered when the lever is returned, and then the tabs are returned to default. Until then, the voter can pull another tab. Another great attribute of voting with this machine is that you can change your mind over and over and over again ... Just sayin' Your Honor :)
  • GSCuriousEye 7y

    It's all over!! Obama is our new president!
  • sheeple herder 7y

    I grew up in Westchester County, NY and these are the familiar voting machines I've used since I was able to vote.

    And even before I was able to vote my Grandmother (& Mom) would take me into the booth with them to show me how it all worked. Good memories! I love these old bessies! VERY hard, if not impossible to hack, for you would have to mechanically replicate your 'hack' on literally THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS of machines individually. With electronic voting, you simply introduce rogue code, which then infects all machines.

    Watch this sobering testimony:
  • emddudley 7y

    These machines have been used in New York for a long time. I like them. They're easier than pencil and paper.

    Also it is illegal in New York to take a photo or otherwise memorialize the photo booth. Look it up.

    "New York law prohibits voting booths from being occupied by more than one person. It also prohibits voters from memorializing anything that occurs within the booth and prohibits voters from showing or asking others to show them the contents of a marked ballot. Under these laws, no photography or video recording can occur within the voting booth."

    See also
  • willow89 7y

    Wow! I have never seen such a voting procedure! Over here, it's still pen and paper!
  • blueintheburgh 7y

    Very cool shot! We used to vote on these machines in but now use a computer touch screen. Also no cameras where allowed at the voting sites yesterday.

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  • Matt Cox 7y

    I voted for bitrot, and he commented first.
  • EstherGoo 7y

    wow, it looks complicated
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  • Paula Marina Castro 7y

    When I saw this machine on TV I´ve got scared. Looks very, very complicated.
    I think the people from US should come to Brazil to know our vote system. Is easy, quick and you can trust it !
  • Kees Smans 7y

  • yeoldeblackhippie 7y

    thats the antiques we have here in ny. great shot ! texas a state with no state tax has computerized voting machines.
  • b r i a n w o n 7y

    I live in Westchester County too.. mine looked exactly like that. Did you receive a handout stating that your vote would not be counted until Friday? My neighbor received one, but I hadnt.
  • jon madison 7y

    old school. JEAH!
  • Lucid Images 7y

    Change Has Come to America!
    Change Has Come to America!

    Personal Homage to Barack Obama, President Elect 2008.
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  • Kees Smans 7y

    Please remember to vote today :-) Thanks!
  • .Trev 7y

  • Jim McCluskey 7y

    Incredible photo of an artifact from a for most of us bygone era. Must be very cool to use, thanks for sharing with all of us.
  • Robert Denton 7y

    Vote 2008 - Yes I Did by robertdenton

    Paper and marker for us.
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