Between 2000 and 2001 American computer company HP Inc.
(formerly Hewlett-Packard) headquarted in Palo Alto, California, acquired Indigo, the digital offset press manufacturer headquartered in Nes Ziona, Israel, creating the HP Indigo Division
. HP, which pioneered the business of building printers for individual PCs, notably with its Laserjet
series originating in 1984.
Leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election HP industrial printers, such as the HP PageWide T4705 Press,
an inkjet web printer that could print about 20,000 ballots an hour, were being used to print paper ballots at companies like Runbeck Election Services
. When I visited the Runbeck website in November 2020 they stated that they produced 30 million precinct and vote-by-mail ballots each election cycle, and that they "impacted" 70 million voters each year by their products and services. This they said was 37% of registered voters.
In 2020 oncerns about the threat of hacking to election security caused a reversion to printed paper ballots from digital voting systems, since paper ballots could not be "hacked", and could be recounted manually, when necessary.