This is an original instructional model gear and lever voting machine from the 1944 presidential election between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas E. Dewey. Most states in the U.S. used the gear and lever type voting booths from the late 1800's till the early 1960's. This Automatic Voting Machine Company model voting machine was used to demonstrate how to operate the actual gear and lever machine behind curtains at the voting polls in the state of Louisiana. . The machine still has all its original labels including the presidential candidates Franklin D. Roosevelt / Harry S. Truman and Thomas E. Dewey / John W. Bricker. It also has the candidates Lawrence Rupp running against James Davis for Louisiana governor and seven other categories of candidates. It also has 5 questions for 1944 Louisiana voters to decide on including; “Shall a speed limit of 30 miles per hour be approved for Automobile traffic? “ and “Shall peddling be allowed in the public streets?”.
The machine is in original and excellent condition. Labeled as Automatic Voting Machine Corp. Jamestown N.Y. Instructional model No. 18349. A museum piece.