A machine must last at least 5 elections to break even vs. hand counted ballots
and possibly as many as 480 .
Human cost per ballot counted $0.0833333333333333-$0.5.
Santa Barbara, CA example:
$1,300,000 spent on a 200 machine system to count 100,000 votes per election.
$6500 per machine, counting 500 votes each.
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