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County Nearing Voting Machine Deadline

Macomb, IL – McDonough County has until the end of next month to pick the handicapped-accessible voting machines it plans to use. County Clerk Florine Miller says the machines must be in use by the March primaries. However, the state has only certified one machine so far, and Miller believes it's slow and cumbersome to use. She plans to look into other possible machines in the hope that one of them might be approved before the end of next month. A state grant is expected to pay the estimated $5,000 cost of each machine. The county is required to have one for each precinct. Miller also has approval to extend for one year the lease on the Acu-Vote tabulators that count the paper ballots cast by other voters.