COLUMBUS – As part of an ongoing effort to support county boards of elections in improving permanent polling locations, Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that $16,000 was awarded to the Village of Cuyahoga Heights for improvements at a polling location. The funds were used to repair a ramp that had settled and cracked, as well as fix handrails that did not meet Americans With Disability Act requirements. A new drain was also installed to ensure proper drainage.
“Polling places should be accessible to all Ohioans, regardless of physical limitations,” Secretary Husted said. “By providing funding for these projects we not only improve accessibility for Election Day, but also year round, which is a tremendous benefit to the local community.”
Communities across the state have the opportunity to apply for permanent improvement grants throughout the year for polling place enhancements. Since Secretary Husted has taken office he has awarded nearly $190,000 for 64 permanent improvements statewide. Funding for these grants are authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and are administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).