Regional
11:30 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Special Voting Machines Debut

Louisville, KY – Special voting machines will get their first test Tuesday in two special legislative elections in jefferson County.
The machines are designed to allow blind and physically disabled voters to cast their ballots without assistance.
Jefferson County has 400 of the specially equipped machines. That meets the requirement to have one at every voting location under the "Help America Vote" Act. The law was passed after the disputed 2000 presidential election.
Jefferson County election board spokeswoman Paula McCraney says poll workers for Tuesday's elections are familiar with the new machines.
The 400 new machines cost about $1.6 million. Jefferson County will be reimbursed by the federal government.
The special elections are in the 37th senate district and 37th house district.