Voting: Punch Card Democracy

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

The impacts on voting due to social and technological advancements in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century are addressed in this section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s online exhibition Vote: The Machinery of Democracy.  Students will learn how reforms, such as the Voting Rights Act and the 26th Amendment, led to vote recording systems that could tap the processing power of computers. New technologies marketed to improve and accelerate the reporting of election results.  

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