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Ellen Theisen, CEO of the Vote-PAD Company, wrote in her 2005 report "Myth Breakers: Facts About Electronic Elections":
"Ohio has signed contracts with Election Systems and Software [ES&S], Diebold Election Systems, and Maximus/Hart Intercivic/DFM Associates to provide voting equipment for the state... In the contracts, the vendors agreed to sell their products to Ohio at the lowest prices in the nation and with the best warranty, service, and maintenance terms... The contracts call for the prices for each machine: Diebold AccuVote-TS - $2,964; ES&S iVotronics - $2,896; Hart Intercivic eSlate 3000 - $2,997...
San Diego County paid approximately $3,040 per Diebold DRE, to include a printer...
Purchasing 16,000 machines for $55.6 million, Maryland paid approximately $3,475 per Diebold DRE, not including a printer."
The Verified Voting Foundation submitted comments on Oct. 8, 2004 to Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz regarding the implementation of Connecticut's HAVA State Plan, which stated:
"The average cost of a typical DRE
voting machine is about $3,500 (which includes its own fold-up voting
booth) and the cost of a disabled-accessible (i.e., audio-equipped)
voter-verified paper ballot printer could add as much as $1,000, for a
maximum combined cost of approximately $4,500 per voting station."