The Coyle Voting Machine, the first voting system based on punch cards, was used in Butler and Greene Counties, Ohio, in 1961. In 1964, the Votomatic was used in California, Georgia and Oregon. IBM purchased the patent rights from Joseph P. Harris, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley; they called the machine the IBM Votomatic. By 1982, about half of the American electorate used a punch-card system to vote. (cite)
The Florida vote in 2000 introduced the American voter to the "butterfly ballot," "hanging chads," and a degree of unreliability in the voting system that led public officials (Congress) to cast the aging punch card system aside. Without a lot of thought.
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
- Josef Stalin