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Inventory of the State Commission on Voting Machines and Vote Tabulating Devices Records
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Arrangement and Description

Folder F3898:1-8.

1. Administrative Files. 1955-1984.

Physical Description: 8 f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Records cover various topics such as procedures to approve voting machines, letters from county clerk-recorders certifying accuracy of voting machines within their precincts, legislation requiring mandatory use of voting machines after delayed returns of 1960 Primary and General Elections, proposal for voting by mail (1964), Secretary of State Frank Jordan's prototype vote-counting machine (1964-1965), observances of election procedures on location (1970) and SB 512 (1981) to remove the Governor and Attorney General from the Commission and transfer Commission records to the Secretary of State.
Folder F3898:9-12.

2. Engineering Consultants Files. 1960-1976.

Physical Description: 4 f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically.
Files contain correspondence between the Commission and the consulting firms regarding arrangements to test the equipment, proposed evaluation test plans, test specifications, corporate information and reimbursement of fees. Firms represented are Electrada Corp., Sigma Corp., Walter V. Sterling, Inc., and Tri-Tek Industries.
Folder F3898:13-114

3. Approved Systems and Equipment Files. 1947-1986.

Physical Description: 102 f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by corporation name and chronologically thereunder.
Types of materials include (a) Descriptions and Specifications provided by the manufacturer. May include photographs and drawings; (b) Procedures for use of the equipment; (c) Correspondence regarding formal applications by individual or company to have their equipment tested, arrangements to cover expenses, problem areas in equipment which need to be corrected, modifications sought after equipment has been approved; attorney general's opinion of system in relation to Elections Code; letters of support or opposition from county boards of supervisors; statement of work and cost estimates; (d) Test Results as reported by engineering firms; (e) Report of State Commission of findings; and (f) Certification that equipment and procedures are approved for use.
Folder F3898:13

Airmac Technology Systems, Inc. 1981-1983

Folder F3898:14-18

Automatic Voting Machine Corp. (AVM) 1961-1986

Folder F3898:19

Burroughs Corp. 1969, 1975

Folder F3898:20

Carlisle Graphics 1972, 1974

Folder F3898:21-26

Coleman Vote Tally System 1962-1973

Folder F3898:27-37

Computer Election Systems (CES) 1969-1981

Folder F3898:38

Compuvote Corp. 1975-1978


Compuvote Inc. SEE Datamedia International Inc.

Folder F3898:39

Consolidated Computer International Inc. 1979

Folder F3898:40

Control Data Corp. 1971-1972

Folder F3898:41

Coyle Voting Machine 1959-1963

Folder F3898:42-48

Cubic Industrial Corp. 1964-1979

Folder F3898:49-50

Cybernetics General Co. 1964-1965

Folder F3898:51

DFM Vote Tally System 1982-1983

Folder F3898:52

Data Control Engineering 1979

Folder F3898:53

Data Entry Systems 1975-1976

Folder F3898:54-56

Data Mark Systems, Inc. 1978-1979

Folder F3898:57

Datamedia International Inc. 1967, 1969, 1971-1972, 1975

Folder F3898:58

Davis Voting System. 1964, 1967-1969

Folder F3898:59-70

Diamond International Corp. 1968-1981

Folder F3898:71

Digital Equipment Corp. 1968-1969

Folder F3898:72

Election Supplies Limited 1981

Folder F3898:73

Fidlar & Chambers 1974-1975

Folder F3898:74-77

Gyrex Corp. 1972-1979

Folder F3898:78-79

Harris Votomatic, Inc. 1963-1965

Folder F3898:113

Hewlett-Packard 1976-1977

Folder F3898:80

Honeywell Information Systems, Inc. 1975, 1979, 1983-1984

Folder F3898:81-85, 114

International Business Machines Corp. 1963-1984

Folder F3898:86

International Elections Systems 1972-1973

Folder F3898:87

Keith & Feraud, Inc. 1954-1955, 1958

Folder F3898:88

Los Angeles, City of 1970-1971

Folder F3898:89

Los Angeles, County of 1971-1972

Folder F3898:90

Major Data Concepts, Inc. 1979

Folder F3898:91

Martel Systems, Inc. 1980

Scope and Content Note

SEE ALSO Major Data Concepts, Inc. and Airmac Technology Systems, Inc.
Folder F3898:92

Mathematical Systems Corp. 1964-1968

Scope and Content Note

(sold rights, title & interest to Diamond International Corp.)
Folder F3898:93

National Cash Register Co. 1971-1977


Norden SEE United Aircraft Corp.

Folder F3898:94

RCA 1969, 1971


Remington Rand SEE Sperry Rand Corp.


Seiscor SEE Seismograph Service Corp.

Folder F3898:95-97

Seismograph Service Corp. 1959-1970

Folder F3898:98-100

Shoup Voting Machine Corp. 1947, 1961-1966, 1971-1972

Scope and Content Note

(SEE ALSO Election Equipment Corp. and International Elections Systems Corp.)
Folder F3898:101-102

Sperry Rand Corp. 1950, 1960, 1975, 1980, 1984

Folder F3898:103-105

United Aircraft Corp. 1958-1961

Folder F3898:106-108

Voting Instruments and Products Corp. 1970-1974

Folder F3898:109-110

Votronics, Inc. 1961-1964

Folder F3898:111-112

Westinghouse Data Score Systems 1980-1981

Folder F3898:115.

4. Photographs. Various dates.

Physical Description: 1 f.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged numerically.
Photographs were removed from F3898:7, 28, 41, 42, 52, 57, 58, 81, 87, 95, 97, and 106 for conservation purposes. Xeroxed copies of the prints have been placed in the files.