Voting throughout the years: These photos will make you realize how much has changed

The original caption on this undated photo says, "After you have completed casting your ballot, move the large curtain handle to the left. This will record your vote, wipe off the 'X' marks and return all the voting levers to an upright position, before opening the curtain."
The original caption on this undated photo says, "After you have completed casting your ballot, move the large curtain handle to the left. This will record your vote, wipe off the 'X' marks and return all the voting levers to an upright position, before opening the curtain." (Getty Images)

It’s Election Day, and we hope you made your way to the polls to cast a ballot.

There were more options than usual this year: An increased number of early-voting locations were made available, and some states expanded absentee voting due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

No matter how you voted, or who and what you voted for, technology is certainly on our side these days. But it wasn’t always this way.

Check out some of these photos, below, from Getty Images, for a peek into what things looked like in years past.

As a voter prepares to cast her ballot, an unidentified precinct official clears the machine by pressing a button on a side panel in Jamestown, New York in 1965. (Automatic Voting Machine Co/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
A hand as it inserts a ballot into a box during the U.S. presidential election in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Nov. 2, 1948. (United States Department of State/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
A woman, Miss Ann Patrick, right, a presser at Premier Cleaners and Dyers Plant, places her vote into a ballot box, voting in the first consent election held in D.C. under the Wagner Act, with Hyman Milman, left, head spotter in the Needle Wholesale Cleane, on July 31, 1937. (Gado/Getty Images)
An unidentified Mennonite drops his ballot in the box at the Community Voting Center in Paradise, Pennsylvania, Nov. 2, 1948. (PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

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