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March 15, 2013

Secretary of State Awards $66,000 in Grants to Vermont Towns

Today, Secretary of State James Condos announced that over $66,000 in grants were awarded to 11 municipalities to help them meet the mandates of the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which was signed into law on October 29, 2002. HAVA provides opportunities for municipalities to improve the administration and access to elections in Vermont. As Vermont’s chief election officer, the Secretary of State oversees this process.

This year, grants in amounts of up to $14,000 will be used by municipalities to improve accessibility to polling places used for the primary and general elections. Condos said, “This round of grants is intended to help ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to polling places. Funds may be used for improvements such as paving parking areas, building ramps, and installing automatic doors.”

Condos added, “We were pleased that the legislature permitted us to establish this grant program to help our municipalities cover some of the costs of the federal election reform mandates.”

2013 HAVA Accessibility Grants

Athens 9,994.00 Install ramp, relocate entrance

Barre City 5,000.00 Install ramp and improve entrance door

Danby 305.00 Install accessible door handles, temporary ramp

Grand Isle 3,684.28 Improvements to ramp, parking, door handles and threshold

Huntington 2,130.00 Paving

Marshfield 12,926.23 Handicapped parking, paved walkway, automatic door openers

Moretown 14,000.00 Install Ramp

Randolph 5,000.00 Install automatic door openers

Rutland City 5,000.00 Install sidewalks and sidewalk ramps

Strafford 5,000.00 Install wheelchair accessible path

Wolcott 3,937.57 Install handrails

TOTAL AWARDED 66,977.08

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: March 15, 2013 12:48:11
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