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The Machinery of Democracy, a History of Balloting

Most Americans never paid that much attention to how they voted until the 2000 presidential elections showed that even tiny punch card chads can make a difference. Now, a lot of voting equipment -- especially new electronic touch screen machines -- gets intense scrutiny. But a new exhibit at the Smithsonian shows that worries about voting security are as old as the republic.

NPR's Pam Fessler has a report on the National Museum of American History exhibit, which is called "Vote: The Machinery of Democracy."

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Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty, philanthropy, and voting issues.