The word ballot has been described as being derived from the diminuitive form of the word ball in Italian, ballota, and in fact, many early ballots were small balls.
In ancient Athens, votes were taken by issuing clay or metal tokens to each voter, and the voter would vote by depositing the appropriate token in the appropriate ballot box, or perhaps in a clay pot that served as a ballot box.
Paper ballot system was first adopted in the Australian state of Victoria in 1856, The paper ballot system thereafter became known as the "Australian ballot."
Some really nice history on how voting systems developed over time. The other big doubt in my mind is why cant Oscar guys count votes electronically or something like that than manually counting votes with Pwc leading the balloting process. Any idea??