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Richard H. McKay Biography

Inventor of the First Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machine
Pro to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"

The electronic voting machine of this invention will simplify machine voting by the average voter and provides apparatus that will supply accurate election returns rapidly and while affording substantially trouble free operation with minimum maintenance and giving foolproof results.

“Electronic Voting Machine,” U.S. Patent 3,793,505, Feb. 19, 1974

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Inventor of the first direct recording electronic voting machine to be commercially produced and used in a real election
  • Patents a self-contained portable voting booth capable of holding an electronic voting machine (U.S. Patent 4,451,728), 1984
  • Patents an updated version of the original Video Voter (U.S. Patent 4,025,757) which includes several mechanical improvements and allows for straight ticket and proportional voting, 1977
  • Patents the first commercially produced direct recording electronic voting machine, named the Video Voter, with the help of Paul Ziebold, James Kirby, Douglas Hetzel, and James Syndacker (U.S. Patent 3,793,505  946KB), 1974
  • Former engineer, Frank Thornber Company (acquired by Business Records Corporation, which subsequently became Election Systems and Software, in 1985)
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  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?