The Gear & Lever Voting Machine

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

Gear and Lever voting,  meant to ensure the confidentiality and efficiency of the election process, is the focus of this section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s online exhibition entitled Vote: The Machinery of Democracy. Students will learn about the connection between the 19th Amendment, the suffrage movement and improved voting technology.


National Standards

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)

Instructional Strategies