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[SOS] Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson Distributes Voting Accessibility Funds to White County
Start Date: 11/4/2013 All Day
End Date: 11/4/2013
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White County using funds to improve access to polling locations

Monticello, IN (November 4, 2013) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson approved White County’s application for money to improve voting accessibility. The county was awarded $10,000 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 White County’s commitment to improving accessibility for Hoosiers,” Secretary Lawson said. “These upgrades at the request of White County Clerk Paula Lantz will improve the polling location structures for all citizens, not just on election day but every day.  

White County will use the funds to upgrade accessibility at polling locations.  Funds will be used to install 8 parking pads at the Wolcott Park Community Building.  Also, 12 curtain sets for their 4-station voting booths will also be purchased.  Wolcott Park Community Building hosts two precincts. 

“I am sincerely thankful for the Secretary of State’s decision allowing White County the honor of receiving this HAVA grant,” said White County Clerk Paula Lantz.  “The Wolcott Park Community Building is a wonderful facility that is used for a vote center as well as a community building. Thank you again for the opportunity to make this a handicapped accessible facility.”

Congress passed HAVA in response to issues raised in various parts of the country during the 2000 Presidential Election. The HAVA funding White County is receiving is a Health and Human Services White. 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.  White 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 White applications and administering the reimbursement funds. 

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