Early Ballot
Early ballot

Metal Ballot Box
Metal ballot box

Photos courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     There are many different ways people can vote in elections. In the early days, people voted by putting a mark by their choice on a piece of paper. Sometimes the names were printed on the ballots. These papers were then placed in a locked box like the one in the photograph. Voting machines were made in the 1930s. The machines had a button for each person running for office. The voter pushed the button of the person they wanted, and the vote was counted. Today voters can punch holes in cards or fill in circles with a pencil. Computers read the choices and keep track of all of the votes.