And, oh, if only our decisions were this delicious!!
As the country developed, ballots known as "papers" came into use. The word "ballot" was adopted around 1676. The British colonies in America were the first to use a secret ballot, which later became widespread.
First used in the Australian state of Victoria in 1857, the paper ballot listing all the candidates was first known as "the Australian ballot." In 1889, New York became the first American state to use these ballots. Gradually, it came to replace voting by ticket.
Also known as the "Myers Automatic Booth," mechanical lever machines made their first appearance in the U.S. at Lockport, N.Y., in 1892. Rochester, New York, used them four years later and soon they were used across New York State. By 1930, residents of most major American cities voted on mechanical machines.
Punch cards were first used in two Georgia counties for the 1964 presidential primary election. In 1996, 37% of all voters used punch cards, including the 3.8 million registered voters in Los Angeles County, the nation's largest electoral jurisdiction.
The direct recording electronic method, DRE, uses a voting machine with the candidates printed on a computer screen. The voters push a button or the appropriate spot on the surface to record their choices. Those wishing to write-in a candidate are able to use a keyboard to type the name. In 2004, nearly 29% of voters used a DRE system.
Town meeting form of government, which is mainly confined to the six New England states, decides questions of government, including the annual operating budget, town by-laws, or other laws with an actual show of hands. If the vote is close, there are provisions in most towns for a secret paper ballot. In some cases the town meeting moderator could ask voters to stand.
VOTE! VOTE!! VOTE!!!
And remember .... after the results are known, we are ALL AMERICANS. We need to pull together and do what we can to restore balance in our nation. I wanted to say this before the results so I can't be accused of pandering to the other side. We are ONE NATION, ONE PEOPLE, ONE CAUSE .... survival and revitalization.