Secretary of State Ritchie announces federal grant recipients for elections
St. Paul, MN—Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced that his office has contacted local governments to award the 2012 Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grants for polling place accessibility improvements.
“I am pleased that we were able to offer these EAID grants again this year to local jurisdictions to improve polling place accessibility,” said Secretary of State Ritchie. “These grant monies will allow counties, cities and townships throughout Minnesota to improve polling places and help better serve our voters.”
The EAID grants are provided through the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. Funds must be used to improve polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities and cannot be used for general improvements to structures.
More than $315,161 will be distributed among 64 counties, cities and townships. Funding decisions were made by a committee that included representatives from the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships and the Minnesota Council on Disability.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank local election officials for their commitment to improving accessibility for voters and for their continued excellence in election administration,” concluded Secretary of State Ritchie. “They make our elections system work.”
View a spreadsheet of 2010 EAID grant recipients at: www.sos.state.mn.us.