Any and all
buildings used for polling place locations must meet the accessibility
requirements set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If a building used for a polling place location cannot be made
accessible as stipulated under the ADA, the polling place must be moved
to a building which meets the ADA accessibility requirements.
In April 2005, the
Bureau of Elections introduced the Polling Place Accessibility
Improvement Program ? a grant program which Michigan's cities and
townships can use to recover the costs they incur in making their
polling places ADA compliant. The grant program is funded through the
Help America Vote Act of 2002 (Title II, Section 261; CFDA 93.617). The
Bureau of Elections is responsible for overseeing the grant process.
As there are still a number of
jurisdictions that could benefit from the grant program and grant funds
remain available, a new grant application period is being offered. The
new application window will begin on July 18, 2011 and extend through
August 26, 2011.
Complete information on the
polling place accessibility grant program can be found on the Bureau of
Elections Web site:
On the Elections in Michigan page, click on "Information for Election
Administrators." At the top of the page you will find the grant
application and polling place accessibility checklist. Please read
through the instructions carefully, as incomplete applications will not
City and township
clerks who have any questions regarding the grant program are encouraged
to contact David Foster of the Bureau of Elections. Phone: (517)