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Voter information booklets or handbooks are produced by the Department of State to inform the voter as to ballot questions and voting mechanics.

Drawing of voter machine layout from a voter information handbook showing the new Shoup mechanical voting machines.

It provides a panel of levers that that represent the choices available to the voter. To place vote, the voter snaps the lever into place. The machine keeps a tally of how many times each lever is chosen.

First used in the election of 1900, mechanical defects made voting returns inaccurate, and their use was subsequently banned in March of 1901. Use was authorized again in 1906 and repealed in 1921.

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