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[SOS] Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson Distributes Voting Accessibility Funds to Warrick County
Start Date: 10/25/2013 All Day
End Date: 10/25/2013
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Warrick County using funds to improve access to polling locations

Boonville, Ind (Oct. 25, 2013) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson approved Warrick County’s application for money to improve voting accessibility. The county was awarded $35,757 as part of the latest round of funding distributed to counties who meet the qualifications of the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. Applications are approved with the consent of the bipartisan co-directors of the Indiana Election Division. These funds will be used to upgrade current polling places to ensure those locations are handicap accessible.

 

“I commend Warrick County’s commitment to improving accessibility for Hoosiers,” Secretary Lawson said. “These upgrades at the request of Warrick County Clerk Sarah Redman will improve the polling location structures for all citizens, not just on election day but every day.  

Warrick County will use the funds to upgrade accessibility at two polling locations.  The funds will be used to purchase and install automatic doors and railings at the Old Courthouse and railings at the Warrick County Judicial Center. 

“During these tough financial times, we are extremely thankful for the opportunity to provide improvements for accessibility to the wonderful citizens of Warrick County,” said Clerk of the Warrick Circuit Court Sarah Redman.

Congress passed HAVA in response to issues raised in various parts of the country during the 2000 Presidential Election. The HAVA funding Warrick County is receiving is a Health and Human Services grant. It was established to help counties upgrade polling locations to meet handicap accessibility standards.  The counties may use this funding to make upgrades such as adding a wheelchair ramp, automatic-door openers and parking pads.  Grant applications are submitted to the Indiana Secretary of State’s Election Division. While the funds awarded are federal dollars, the Secretary of State’s office is responsible for approving grant applications and administering the reimbursement funds. 

Contact Information:
Name: Valerie Kroeger
Phone: 317-233-8655
Email: vkroeger@sos.IN.gov
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