Does the Voting Machine have distinctive characteristics or features?
The larger machine has a range of patents that are actually painted onto the side of it from throughout the 1890s. I think the earliest is 1890. The last is 1899 and these machines were continuously in development from the late 1880s up through the 1960s. It's described as a gear and lever voting machine. It was inordinately heavy and because with the complexity of the mechanism and it really couldn't be stolen or misplaced. That was the first advantage. That was also it turns out a disadvantage because they were so large and very expensive to service and to maintain.
Interview with Larry Bird, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History