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A voting machine is a device to record and register votes to be counted as per any voting system, with or without printing a ballot for the voter to verify. Voters at the voting booths in the United States in 1945. ... The Democracy Series Liberal democracy History of democracy Representative democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by ideology Voting systems are methods (algorithms) for groups of... A ballot is a device used to record choices made by voters. ...

Some view it as an even more secure improvement on a secret ballot and the manual systems of human vote counters and scrutineers. Spoiled ballots and overvoting are eliminated, undervoting is greatly reduced, and voting by the disabled becomes much easier, and can be done in private without assistance. The Polling by William Hogarth (1755); Before the secret ballot was introduced voter intimidation was commonplace The secret ballot is a process in elections where the choice of the voters is kept confidential. ... A scrutineer is a person who oversees voting in an election, or counts the votes, in order to make sure it is all done correctly. ...

However, in part because for political privacy votes cannot be revealed as cast, and in part because of the increasingly complex technology involved, it is subject to various vulnerabilities and compromises of design. Historically there are many incidents of voting machine compromise. As with a slot machine there is very high motivation to meddle with the numbers. Political privacy has been a concern since voting systems emerged in ancient times. ... Slot machines in the Trump Taj Mahal A slot machine (American English), poker machine (Australian English), or fruit machine (British English) is a certain type of gambling machine. ...

The integrity and legitimacy of electronic voting rests totally on the reliability of software for voting. Proposals for Open Source voting software have been gaining ground as proprietary closed-source software is not auditable for manipulation attempts by the software provider or its employees and is revealed more and more to be buggy. Electronic voting (also known as e-voting and including Internet voting and other online voting) is any of several means of determining peoples collective intent electronically. ...

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Electronic voting machines have been installed in several states in response to a federal mandate.
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In the late 19th century, many early developers of voting machines continued to interpret laws requiring that election be by ballot as the requirement that elections be carried out by the use of little balls, so many early voting machines operated by depositing small balls in the appropriate containers as each voter cast a vote.
The lever voting machines of the mid 20th century included interlocks to prevent a voter from overvoting -- that is, voting for more than one candidate in a race, and the voting booths that were integral to the machines offered what most voters considered excellent privacy.
The Electrovote 2000 voting machine sold by Fidlar-Doubleday (formerly Fidlar and Chambers) is a wedge shaped affair, basically an IBM PC compatable with a touch screen, packaged for voting, with a secure case that prevents keyboard or mouse from being plugged in while it is in the polling place.
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