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Election Almanac: Voting Machines of Past and Present

Aired November 6, 2000 - 1:19 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

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ANNOUNCER: Thomas Edison's very first patent in 1869 was an electric vote recorder designed for legislatures. Congress didn't buy it. But the idea has now caught on just about everywhere.

Ordinary voters began using safe maker Jacob Myer's room-sized voting machines in the 1890s. This year, some Arizona Democrats made their presidential primary choice online. Other states are looking at the idea.

By the way, after Australia's government rejected a vote-counting machine George Julius built, the inventor turned it into a totalisator to figure odds on horse racing.

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