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The Cost of E-Voting | Threat Level from Wired.com

By , April 6, 2008 11:46 am

The Cost of E-Voting | Threat Level from Wired.com
One reason election officials around the country have given for purchasing touch-screen voting machines is that they say the systems save money — both in the cost of printing paper ballots and in storing them after an election. Officials have made this claim, despite the fact that the machines carry a steep price tag (about $3,000 per machine).

So SaveOurVotes (.pdf), a voting integrity group in Maryland, decided to see if the 19,000 touch-screen machines their state purchased really did save money. The results aren’t really a surprise — the machines are wildly more expensive than anyone anticipated. But just how expensive they are makes their analysis mandatory reading for any legislators and state or county budget committees that approve voting equipment purchases.

Talk about untruth in advertising and long term hidden costs! Looks like the true cost is FAR more than we have been led to believe. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

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