Darned kids these days with their electronical voting machines, the facepspace, tweety, Nintendo and the rock n roll music...


Sorry. Grumpy old man moment there. Those're the the levers you'd use in a voting machine to vote. In olden times, ya'd go into a booth, pull a big red lever to close some curtains behind you and flick the little lever for the various candidates/amendments/etc you wanted to vote for. When you were done, you pulled the big red lever back which both recorded your votes and opened the curtains.

I'll admit that I never did use that type of voting machine. Did go into 'em with my mother when I was a kid, though. By the time I was old enough to vote, it was mainly either punch out ballots or filling in little circles.
lol "Darn Kids", I am 32, and we only in the last 10 years got rid of them here in Massachusetts.

I liked those much better then the fill in the dots.
Well, I only have experience with Denmark and Sweden regarding voting :) Not sure if this is interesting to anyone, but...

When voting here, we do the following in the voting room:

1) go to table, show photo ID, get checked off on a list
2) they hand you a loooooooooong paper list with all candidates and parties
3) go to a booth and pull the curtain, and use the pencil lying in there to make an 'X' in front of the party or person you wish to vote for.
4a) (Sweden) fold the list and put it in an envelope and stuff it into a large bin outside the booth, beside the table with the people who gave you the list
4b) (Denmark) fold the list in half and stuff it into a large bin outside the booth, beside the table with the people who handed you the list

In the room, lots of volunteers from all the parties are present. They then count all the votes for that area, when voting has closed. I think the votes are counted three times, then the lists are sent to a central location. If there are two parties or candidates who get almost equal numbers, then the votes are recounted.
The cities are divided in fairly small areas, so counting everything takes about three hours.



Edited at 2012-11-07 02:39 pm (UTC)
We do the same thing in South Africa.

Go to the table, scan in your ID book, get a black permenant mark on your nail and cuticle (which takes 4 weeks to fade out), then go to a little booth one by one with the looooooooooooooong paper list. A pencil mark in the box with the candidate, then fold the paper three times, and put it in a large bin outside the booth.
that is similar to here (ab, canada)
except ive never been into a booth
i have always done voting in the gym at a local school and i just go behind this cardboard box thingy on a table
mark an x next to the name you want (on a not very long list)
fold up the paper and put it in the box next to the people working there
I never used that kind of machine either, but I knew what those were. Back in my day, where I lived it was also either the punchcard machines for city folks or paper ballots for country hicks like me, consarnit!
Okay, there's red for Republican and the Green Party is represented, but no blue option for Dems? Wait a minute! This election is rigged! Oh, well, I guess I'll vote a straight lemon ticket. That's Libertarian, right?