Replacing old voting equipment does not always mean buying new machines. In Lawrence, MA, voters cast paper ballots that are then counted by optical-scan technology. The voting booths where they fill in their ballots can wear out, too.
In November, several of the city’s 150-plus voting booths collapsed. In response, the city council is considering spending $100,000 on 100 new voting booths and 72 tables for checking in voters because a number of those are also on the verge of collapse.