Rectangular shaped ballot box, stained a dark brown; with brass handle in center of the top, and brass slot for ballots at one end. Three sides of the box have glass windows covered with a woven metal grate. One side of the box is a door, operable with a key.
Ballot boxes like these were used in Chicago elections between the late 1800s and 1932.
Ballot boxes such as this one were used in general and local elections, where they held paper ballots to monitor votes. They were gradually phased out during the 1960s in favor of mechanical voting machines, and today, modern-day electronic machines track votes. Ballot boxes symbolize the experience of electoral freedom by past Chicago generations