UPDATED: Did You Know? – The first direct recording electronic voting machine used in an election was patented on Feb. 19, 1974 and was called the Video Voter. The average cost of a typical direct recording electronic voting machine is between $2,500 and $3,500. US Congress passed the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) following the 2000 US Presidential election to provide $3.9 billion in funding for jurisdictions to replace lever machine and punch card systems. Read these and other little known facts in the electronic voting machines debate on our updated resource page.