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How Much Does It Cost to Purchase an Electronic Voting Machine?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)

The State of Texas Elections Division, in testimony given by Ann McGeehan, Director of Elections, explained at the July 28, 2005 public hearing of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission:

“Each DRE costs between $2,500 and $3,500 and represents a major economic investment.”

July 28, 2005 - State of Texas Elections Division

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.”

2005 - Ellen Theisen, MA

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.”

Oct. 8, 2004 - Verified Voting Foundation

The Hutchinson News ran an article on Aug. 1, 2006 titled “Rice County On Voting Edge,” in which Clara Kilbourn wrote:

“The county’s [Rice County, Kansas] 18 new electronic voting machines, purchased at a cost of $3,200 each, will be used for the first time Tuesday in the primary election.”

Aug. 1, 2006 - Hutchinson News (Kansas)