Each Hamilton County polling location has a $40,000 machine on hand to make voting handicapped-accessible, even though poll volunteers say the machines rarely see use.
“In the last three elections, we’ve had about three people using it,” says poll volunteer and District 6 Deputy Presiding Judge Tom Feldhaus.
The five-year poll worker explained that most voters with disabilities prefer a more traditional voting method.
Feldhaus explains that the voting machines fulfill a national mandate, part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And while the E-Slate machines might sit idle for much of voting day, he says they’re not unnoticed.
“People do appreciate it even if they don’t use it,” he says.