House EVS

I don't think I've seen the House voting UI before! The aesthetic is very Star Trek TOS.


On just my 11th day as Hawaii's newest member of Congress I have voted YEA to impeach the President of the United States.

He must be held accountable for inciting violent & deadly insurrection on our democracy & our nations capitol.

We must remove him from office.


Voting in the House has not changed much since an electronic voting system was first used on January 23, 1973, with the goal of making voting periods shorter. The latest version of the EVS system was installed in 2004. There are 47 voting stations around the House chamber,, and members can use any of them to vote using a card they carry.

Few votes are held in the format that existed decades ago, when individual names were read aloud, but electronic voting isn't mandatory. Lawmakers can come down to the well of the chamber, in front of the clerks, and use a system of color-coded cards to write their votes and hand them to a tally clerk.

Before electronic voting was introduced, this well-worn object, two Veeder-Root manual counters welded together, was often the center of attention on the Floor of the House.

I wonder if the cards are considered "secrets" or if they just have the name encoded on them in plain-text.

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6 Responses:

  1. Karl Koscher says:

    Apparently Senate ID cards have a fake chip printed on them. I wonder if they're jealous of House members who might have an actual chip in their card?

    On the other hand, the sample Member of Congress ID cards in the 2008 TSA Screening SOP don't seem to have a chip on their face like PIV cards.

  2. Dude says:

    So... our representatives vote by playing Touch Me?
    Huh. Too bad Ralph Baer's dead or he could rip it off and add sound:
    And yes, I know that Baer intentionally ripped Atari's Touch Me as an ever-so-slight revenge for Atari (specifically Nolan Bushnell) ripping off Pong from Baer.

  3. The name encoded on them? You forget this is from 1985 federal systems. We'd be lucky if they were even punchcards with ASCII values instead of EBCDIC, but I guarantee there's COBOL all the way down.

  4. David says:

    Nice, a step towards demarchy.

  5. Eric TF Bat says:

    I had a braino and misread Veeder-Root as Voight-Kampf, and for a brief moment I understood American politics perfectly.

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