Polling places to get upgrades
MONTPELIER — Nearly a dozen communities, including several in central Vermont, will be upgrading their polling places thanks to an 11-year-old federal law designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote.
On Friday Secretary of State James Condos announced over $66,000 in grants will be awarded to 11 communities to help them meet the mandates of the Help America Vote Act.
The two largest grants announced by Condos were awarded to central Vermont towns.
Moretown tops the list and will receive $14,000 to install a wheelchair-accessible ramp at the Moretown Town Hall.
Meanwhile, Marshfield was awarded nearly $13,000 to create some handicapped parking spaces, and install a paved walkway, and automatic door openers at the Old Schoolhouse Common, which is home to the town clerk’s office and serves as the town’s polling place for primary and general elections.
Three other central Vermont communities — Barre, Randolph and Strafford — will each receive grants of $5,000.
Barre will use the money to construct a ramp and improve an entrance door at the Barre Municipal Auditorium, Randolph will install automatic door openers at the Randolph Town Hall, and Strafford plans to construct a wheelchair accessible path at its polling place.
Condos said all of those proposed improvements were eligible for funding under the law.
“This round of grants is intended to help ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to polling places,” he said.
Athens ($9,994), Danby ($305), Grand Isle ($2,130), Rutland ($5,000), and Wolcott ($3,937) were also awarded grants for various accessibility projects.MORE IN Southern Vermont
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