Secretary of State Jon Husted recently announced that more than $14,700 was awarded to the Brown and Logan County Boards of Elections for improvements to community facilities that are used as polling locations on Election Day. The money comes as part of an ongoing effort to improve accessibility at polling locations across Ohio.
“Improving access at polling locations not only makes them more accessible on Election Day, but also improves the location for the community year round,” Secretary Husted said. “No matter a person’s physical limitations, every voter should be able to easily cast a ballot.”
Out of the four locations selected, three are within Logan County.
The improvements were made at the following locations in the county.
Zanesfield Fire House - $1,512
For installation of a 28 foot by 20 foot asphalt pad that provides two accessible parking spaces with appropriate striping.
Monroe Township Building - $7,615
A new ramp and a concrete accessible parking area were installed. In addition, proper striping and vertical signage was put up.
Lakeview Village Building - $3,600
A curb cut ramp was put in place with improvements on the sidewalks. The project also included an accessible parking space with striping and vertical signage.
Counties and communities across the state have the opportunity to apply for permanent improvement grants throughout the year for polling place enhancements. Funding for these grants is authorized by the Help America Vote Act and is administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.