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Man Who Bought 2000 Voting Machine Buried in Chads

In a weirdo-political garage sale that keeps on giving, remnants from the 2000 Florida election are a hot commodity. Jim Dobyns, one Republican consultant who purchased 1,200 Votomatic III voting machines from the 2000 election debacle in Florida is starting to see his own returns. In 2005, a man who originally bought the machines from the county was reselling them from his warehouse. When Dobyns saw them all stacked to the ceiling amidst thousands of spilled chads, he bought the whole lot calling his buy the “Holy Grail of the 2000 election."

What does one do with a pile of old voting machines? Well, when the HBO movie Recount wanted to find the very same voting machines at the the center of the controversy, they called Dobyns, who leased them 26 machines for the shoot. Dobyns doesn't own all of them though — to see who else does, and how much a bag of chads is worth,


Most of the machines have fallen into Democrat’s hands, many of whom are still angry about the 2000 election. Owners who have purchased the machines have also claimed that they enjoy having a piece of history and one heck of a conversation starter. One owner of Dobyns' machines said: “I always like to say however you vote it always comes out Bush, and then the heated debate starts from there.”

But the machines may just be one source of income. There’s always the infamous chads, most of which are now scattered in a variety of places in the Dobyns’ home. From the top of the microwave to under the coffee table to coating his pets, the little pieces of election-berry residue fall from the machines and sprinkle themselves everywhere. He is going to start selling the voter after-leavings with certificate of authenticity in ziploc bags for $20 a pop.


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Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Who in their right mind would pay $20 for a bag of chads?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's insane that someone's collecting these things and that he's able to make money from it. i can't imagine being that fanatical and wanting a piece of history like that - but i guess some people really want to have something to remember the debacle by right?
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