2012-07-17 / Front Page

Indiana Secretary Of State Lawson Distributes Voting Accessibility Funds To Putnam County

Connie Lawson & Marty Watts Connie Lawson & Marty Watts July 13, 2012—Putnam County’s application for money to improve voting accessibility has been approved by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson with the consent of the bipartisan co-directors of the Indiana Election Division. This money is part of the latest round of funding distributed to counties who meet the qualifications of the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 with matching funds from the state.

“As Indiana’s chief election officer, I am committed to ensuring that all Hoosiers have access to their polling place,” said Secretary Lawson. “This grant money will provide local governments with much needed assistance to ensure polling locations are handicap accessible and provide the best possible service to Hoosier voters.”

Putnam County is receiving a $5,000 HAVA grant from the Secretary of State’s office. The HAVA funds must be used to improve accessibility at polling locations. Putnam County is using the money to pay for polling location signage to direct voters to handicap accessible ramps, doors and voting stations.

Congress passed HAVA in response to issues raised in various parts of the country during the 2000 Presidential Election.

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