broken pushbuttons on DREs

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jun 16 2005 - 13:45:43 CDT

Hi Everyone,

I am seeking information about the Sequoia Advantage voting machine, which is a full-face DRE that uses pushbuttons ("tactile voting switch") rather than a touch screen. I heard (hearsay) that their pushbuttons break, or don't work all the time, and that in some jurisdictions the broken machines are sent to voting districts where the voters are poor or language minorities or people of color.

Does anyone have information that is annecdotal, or news articles, or studies, or Board of Elections statistics on incidence of broken pushbuttons, or any other information of any quality about this and where this might be occurring.

For example, I have often heard the same story about New York City's lever machines, that the broken ones are sent to certain neighborhoods.

Teresa Hommel
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