Remember how elections used to be?



Rosa Mayor Andy Ellis and the Rosa Town Council have donated a Victor automatic calculator to the Blount County Memorial Museum, and Ellis believes the machine may have been used to count election votes during the 70s.‘We found it in one of the drawers in the mayor’s office at Rosa,’ Ellis said.‘We don’t know exactly how old it is or what all it was used for whether that be for money or, my assumption, vote

Rosa Mayor Andy Ellis and the Rosa Town Council have donated a Victor automatic calculator to the Blount County Memorial Museum, and Ellis believes the machine may have been used to count election votes during the 70s.‘We found it in one of the drawers in the mayor’s office at Rosa,’ Ellis said.‘We don’t know exactly how old it is or what all it was used for whether that be for money or, my assumption, vote

counting, but it’s a great way to see how elections have changed. We used to put paper ballots into a deposit box and then someone calculated them. Now, we bubble in some letters, put it through a machine and it tells us the numbers.’ The machine still has the piece of paper that was used on it and will be on loan through the elections in November.

Nicole Singleton