You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Professor To Discuss History Of Lever Voting Machines [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU
Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 08:44 AM
Original message
Professor To Discuss History Of Lever Voting Machines
Advertisements [?]

Professor To Discuss History Of Lever Voting Machines

February 24, 2011

Bryan Pfaffenberger, a University of Virginia professor, will discuss the lever voting machine and the Automatic Voting Machine Company's role in the history of lever voting machines at 7 p.m. on March 8 at the Robert H. Jackson Center.

Pfaffenberger recounts the forgotten history of the lever voting machine, a history in which Jamestown played a role through Automatic Voting Machine. Pfaffenberger's research traces the lever machine's origins not just to the fight against election fraud in the late 1880s, but also to the social injustices brought about by America's rapid shift to the Australian paper ballot, an election system that made voting difficult for millions of immigrant voters, failed to record the votes of thousands who visited the polls and enabled corrupt election officials to commit fraud with impunity.


The lecture concludes by surveying the decline of the lever machine at the hands of inexpensive, punch-card technologies, but goes on to describe the Florida 2000 debacle, in which the failure of punch-card technology brought America to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

Refresh | +8 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC