Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Clerk says there might be some federal reimbursement to help pay for the voting machines the county has been leasing since 1999. The machines count paper ballots. Clerk Florine Miller says the county has been paying $28,000 per year for them. She says while the state has set aside $155,000 for the county to pay for handicapped-accessible machines, there seems to be additional money in the fund. Miller says she has applied for the grant.
She says there is no indication yet as to what part of the cost could be paid for by the extra money. She says the reimbursement will not affect the money expected for the handicapped-accessible machines, which must be available for the November, 2006 election.