Wisconsin county sets online auction for Votomatics

Wisconsin county sets online auction for Votomatics

By Donna Young

GCN Staff

JAN. 3—Wisconsin's Saint Croix County is auctioning its Votomatic voting machines, complete with ballots, on Liquidation.com Inc., an online surplus exchange company in Washington.

Sue Nelson, county clerk, said that after the state banned the use of the machine following the presidential election brouhaha, Liquidation.com contacted her to see if she would be willing to auction the outdated machines.

'They convinced me there would be people out there that would want the machines as souvenirs,' she said. 'And I decided it is better than just dumping them in the garbage.' She said she'll keep one for a souvenir, though.

The Votomatic uses prescored punch card ballots. About 31 percent of the nation's voting jurisdictions still use Votomatics even though the patent on the machine expired in the early 1980s.

Nelson said she had already discarded most of the unused ballots but she still had enough left to include with each machine auctioned. 'We are throwing in the chads for free,' she said.

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