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Fact Sheet: Electronic Voting Machines

The use of electronic voting technology in elections was introduced in 1964 when punch cards and computer tally machines were first used in the United States presidential primaries in two counties in the state of Georgia. Since then, other technologies like direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines have been introduced in some countries to help improve the efficiency and transparency of voting/counting procedures. However, there are countries that had previously adopted these technologies and are now reverting to conventional paper ballots for various reasons.

Electronic voting machines (EVMs), are either electro-mechanical or electronic equipment that can be used to define ballots, cast and/or count votes, report or display election results, and/or maintain and produce audit trail information.