By Kay S. Pedrotti
Nearly 40 years ago, Frank Patrick taught a young man named Kimbra Dean how to care for the county’s first mechanical voting machines.
Dean says he did not begin his work as the sole maintenance person for voting machines until after Patrick retired, about the same time levertype machines were introduced here. The Automatic Voting Machine (a trade name) featured one big lever, which closed a curtain when the voter was ready, arming the machine to record votes.
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