Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2014.247.1
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Lever-style voting machine covered in notes, missing posters, and various other tributes. The machine opens like a cabinet and has a public counter indicating the number of votes which had been cast on the morning of 9/11 and a lever signifying which political party had been selected for the last-cast vote. Accompanying the machine is instructions in both English and Spanish explaining how to operate it.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, polling stations in New York City opened at 6:00 a.m. Primary elections were being held for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, and other city offices. Later that morning, after the terrorist attacks began to unfold, Governor Pataki mandated the closing of the polls and suspension of the election.
In lower Manhattan, the polling stations near the World Trade Center became inaccessible. Two of the lever-style voting machines in use on the morning of September 11 came into the 9/11 Memorial Museum's custody in 2014 via the New York City Board of Elections. This machine, which had been stationed in the lobby of the High School for Leadership and Public Service on Trinity Street, transitioned into a message board after 9/11 and still has notes and missing posters affixed to it.