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The Office of the Secretary of State has federal grants available to local governments for polling place accessibility improvement projects.
(Published Oct 14, 2013)
The Office of Secretary of State is now accepting applications for Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) Grants.
Most of the EAID grant funds have been designated for physical accessibility improvements to the polling place. This includes such improvements as automatic door openers, disability parking spaces, projects to make bathrooms accessible, ramps, etc. Money has also been designated for polling place enhancements, such as accessible voting booths and magnifiers, to permit privacy and independence for the voter.
Typical EAID grant amounts have ranged from approximately $100 up to $6,000 in previous years. For more expensive projects, only partial funding may be provided, with the local jurisdiction needing to provide the balance of the funds.
Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Dec. 4. Grants will be awarded in January.
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Contact Ann Lindstrom
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