An Artist Hacks 70 Years Of American Voting Machines

But it’s okay! These antique machines were hacked for fun.

If your state is already painted in red or blue, voting can feel like a formality for a forgone conclusion, or a symbolic gesture more than a practical one. But The Choice Is Yours—a new installation by R. Luke DuBois at New York’s bitforms gallery—calls such apathy into question. The method? Hacked voting machines.

Inside the gallery, visitors are free to cast their vote on five different official voting machines from U.S. history, the oldest of which is from the 1940s. But rather than loading their ballots with candidates, DuBois has swapped out those choices for images, or even sounds. 

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