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Cost Benefits of Thin Client Voting Systems

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Executive Summary

While the arguments still rage between the proponents for paper voting systems and those of electronic voting systems, little has been said to refute the high cost of current computerized systems. The state of Maryland switched from an optical scan system to a Diebold touchscreen system in the year 2003 and their election expenses have increased by as much as 9 times since 2001. Current computerized systems place separate, self-contained computers in each booth which require a large amount of memory and processing power to reliably operate. Also, each machine must be maintained individually. If a thin client has some kind of technical difficulty, it can simply be replaced to avoid having to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to have the machine diagnosed and fixed.

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