Voting: The Acme of Reform

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 8/18/2008

Paper balloting easily led to fraud.  The reform of voting methods during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is the focus of this section of the online exhibition entitled Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  As the electorate of the United States increased due to immigration and as women claimed their right to vote, the need for better and more secure ballots became necessary.  Students will examine objects, images, and historical media that illustrate the need for more honest and secure voting procedures. 

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