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Federal Grant Will Improve Handicap Voting Access

Voter accessibility concerns raised by county Republicans have been one reason Monroe County has yet to adopt vote centers.

Monroe County has received a $25,000 grant to improve the handicap accessibility of its polling stations.

The money will pay for voting stations which can accommodate handicapped voters. County Clerk Linda Robbins says the cash will buy more than two dozen of the units.

“This last grant has allowed us to purchase 30 of the Franklin voting booths which you can see has a place where individuals can either stand or sit with their wheelchairs,” she says.

Voter accessibility concerns raised by county Republicans have been one reason Monroe County has yet to adopt vote centers. Secretary of State Connie Lawson says she plans to continue the push for statewide voting improvements even after the November election.

“It’s my hope that the Secretary of State’s Office will next year on the off election year have a manual for best practices for vote centers as well as some regional meetings to educate not only county clerks, but also county election boards and commissioners and councils who might be concerned about the vote centers so they can make a decision for their own county on what’s best,” she says.

The cash comes from the final round of funding from the federal Help America Vote Act.

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