There is no “required reading” at TurboVote, but this New Yorker article comes pretty close. It examines the evolution of the paper ballot in the United States – and is a reminder that TurboVote is only the latest in a long line of changes to how people vote.

Voting in the United States began as a public process. Citizens gathered in the town square and yelled out the candidate they supported. Trying to vote privately was seen as cowardly, and voter intimidation was a major problem.

Ballot reform initiatives have become more popular in recent years, the widespread failure of Diebold touch-screen voting machines in Florida during the 2000 election being the most infamous. In the wake of widespread voting issues and public distrust of electronic interfaces, many states are now returning to the paper ballot.

At TurboVote, we combine the security of printed ballots with the efficiency of new technology. If you ask us, it is the sort of thing that just may make it into the history books. Check out the article if you’re curious to know more.