State by State Voting Equipment

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Voting Equipment Used by State is a listing of which types of voting equipment are used in each state.

Types of Voting Equipment Used

Lever Machines

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This is one of the first and oldest types of voting machines used for elections. New York State is the only state that mandates that option depending on the municipality on voting machines. These machines use a lever to indicate the correct choice.

Optical Scan Ballot

An optical scan ballot is a type of ballot in which a voter uses a special pen or a pencil to mark their choice and they feed it to a scanner. An optical scan ballot reader contains two columns that the ballots end up in one is for full ballots and another is write in ballots. If the machine has a failure then there is a special slot in the ballot reader that allows for ballots to be stored until full counting happens and also for provisional ballots also.

The machine that reads an optical scan ballot is called an Direct Recording Electronic Device which is used in some states.

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Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)


A Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) or a Voter Verified Paper Ballot" refer to a kind of vote receipt printed by an electronic voting machine that shows the elector his or her vote as it is being entered into the electoral system. The voter must be required to perform an action that confirms that their choices have been recorded correctly on the paper, hence making it a verified rather than just "verifiable" ballot in a legal sense. The VVPAT is kept by the election official, as the record of votes cast, for audit and recount purposes. Verification of a small percentage of VVPAT should to be activated when elections are close[1].

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