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Secretary of State Husted Awards More than $11,300 to County Boards of Elections for Permanent Polling Place Improvements

COLUMBUS – As part of an ongoing effort to improve accessibility at polling locations across Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that more than $11,300 was awarded to the Belmont, Jefferson, Morgan, and Logan County Boards of Elections for improvements to community facilities that are used as polling locations on Election Day.

“Funding for each project not only makes polling locations more accessible on Election Day, but strengthens our communities year round.” Secretary Husted said. “It is important every Ohioan feels comfortable at the polls and is able to exercise their right to vote, no matter what their physical limitations may be.”

The improvements were made at the following locations:

Belmont County - Holloway Fire Department - $1,810
For installation of a 20 foot by 20 foot concrete pad that provides an accessible parking space with appropriate striping. The project also included a short sidewalk to the door.

Jefferson County - Dillonvale Village Building - $2,038
For installation of a 24 foot by 24 foot concrete pad that provides two accessible parking spaces, sharing an access aisle between the two spaces complete with the proper striping and two vertical signs designating the two accessible spaces.

Jefferson County - Adena Village Building - $3,950
For installation of a 24 foot by 24 foot concrete pad that provides space for two accessible parking spaces that share an eight foot access aisle. Proper striping will be added and complete vertical signage will be installed designating the two spaces as accessible.

Morgan County - Center Township Fire Department - $2,139
For installation of a 20 foot by 30 foot parking area that contains two accessible parking spaces and a small sidewalk and step.  Striping and vertical signage are part of the project.

Logan County - Quincy Community Building - $1,400
For installation of a 20 foot by 30 foot asphalt accessible parking area that accommodates two accessible spaces, complete with appropriate striping.

Counties and 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 more than $203,837 for 71 permanent improvements statewide. Funding for these grants is authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and is administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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