Election Commissioner spends $130,000 on more voting equipment

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County Commission approved the purchase for more election equipment this morning.

Election Commissioner Andrew Howell says he spent more than $130,000 on touch screens to help people with disabilities, saying the items purchased must be ADA approved.

"The purpose of these machines, these touch screen machines, is for ADA purposes," Howell said. "To make sure people with disabilities don't have to wait in line any longer than necessary. And it is surprising the number of people that do have disabilities that need that extra assistance, those touch screens that we have in the office, many times, have been actually full."

Howell told Commissioners he may make a few more purchases before election day.