From lever machines to hanging chads to email voting in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, ballot technology has evolved dramatically over the years. And yet we still don’t have a consistent and 100% dependable method of exercising what we’re told is our most sacred right as Americans: voting.

In less than two minutes, our video explains two centuries of ballot technology which at different points in history has been corruptible, confusing, unreliable, or all of the above.