[News Script: Commissioners] Part: 1 of 4
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Tarrant County commissioners get a demonstration of
a new method of voting---by computer. State Senator
Tom Creighton comes to the meeting and brings a represen-
tative from the IBM Company, which makes the new voting
machine. Creighton sponsored the Omnibus Election Bill
during the last session of the legislature that allows
counties to use computers for voting.
Arthur R. Murray tells the court the IBM voting machine
costs 225-dollars, A compared to 15-thousand for the old
Mrs. Dewitt McKinley, wife of *! Fort
Worth's mayor, helps demonstrate the machine. The voter
takes an IBM card that is keyed to the ballot and places
it in a slot. A metal stylus it then placed in holes
that correspond to the names on the ballot. The card
underneath is punched and the voter has "marked his ballot
The card is placed in a ballot box and at the end of the
day, all precincts bring their cards to a central location
and the votes are counted by computer.
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WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.). [News Script: Commissioners], item, July 3, 1967; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1011727/m1/1/: accessed March 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.