Archive for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

100 years ago: Lawrence gets first look at new voting machine

March 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 13, 1913:

  • "For the first time the people of Lawrence have a chance to see a real live voting machine. Charles E. Hall brought one down from Topeka and it is on exhibition at the electric light office. This machine is a wonder in its way. It is so complete that it is almost uncanny in its accuracy. For years the demand has been for a machine that could be operated by everybody and that would do the work in an accurate and efficient manner. This machine has been carefully examined and has been found to meet every test. So complete and adequate is it that yesterday in bringing it here it fell off a truck. The case was broken but the machine, while shaken up, was unharmed. Not even an adjustment was jarred loose.... The tendency of the times is towards voting machines. THe demand for accuracy is important. The demand for a machine that is 'fool proof,' that cannot make a mistake is imperative. In other words the demand is for a voting machine that will do what man cannot do, record a vote accurately without the possibility of making a mistake. This voting machine will be on exhibition for several days and it is hoped that many Lawrence people will avail themselves of the opportunity of seeing it and operating it. Mr. Hall will be glad for any one to come in and cast a sample ballot. It is one of the wonders of the mechanical world."
  • "The weather man this morning sent the cheering news into Kansas that a cold wave was on the way and would arrive within 24 hours. Within that period of time, says the special epistle, there will be a drop in temperatures somewhere from 20 to 30 degrees -- br-r-r-rrrr. The weather man further forecasted clouds, and snow and rain for Kansas tonight and tomorrow. And the rain came before the warning. Early this morning it was noticeable that there was a change of weather coming. The air was damp and heavy. About 10 o'clock the first drops began to fall and from then on it was a steady drizzle all the day with little sign of a change The sky was overcast and the sun was not seen all day."

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