According to Election Data Services, there were 185,944 precincts in the US alone that conducted elections in 2004. This does not include other types of elections that require monitoring and tabulation, i.e., tribal elections, etc.
Legislation such as the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is driving jurisdictions to replace punch card and lever voting systems with computerized electronic voting systems. This, combined with the fact that on-line, touch screen technology is facing serious problems surrounding data security, auditability and high technology costs, is driving more and more government agencies to replace old technology with OMR solutions.
Chatsworth technology powers many of the optical mark solutions found in voting booths throughout the world.