Secretary Land awards $29,445 to cover London Twp. polling place improvements
FEBRUARY 24, 2010
Projects improve access for voters with disabilities
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced today that
London Township in Monroe County is receiving $29,445 to improve access to the
polling place in the London Township Hall.
"We're pleased to award these funds to London Township," said Land,
Michigan's chief election officer. "This ensures that every person who wants to
cast a ballot has the opportunity to do so in an accessible polling place. It
also eases the financial burden on communities in tough budget times. I applaud
the township for making these improvements and for being such an outstanding
The funding allowed the township to replace doors and equip them with
motorized openers for easier access. The township also installed an accessible
entrance to the voting area and renovated the parking area to include accessible
parking spaces, ramps and sidewalks.
This money is awarded through Michigan's Improving Access for All program,
which reimburses communities for polling place enhancement projects. Nearly
$900,000 has been awarded to over 100 communities since Land unveiled the
program in 2005. Past projects include sidewalk installation, upgrades to
exterior pathways, accessible parking space signage and doorways that better
accommodate voters with disabilities.
The program is funded through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services makes the money available to states so
that they may meet the basic requirements of the Americans with Disabilities
Act. Communities apply to the Department of State after completing a survey of
their polling place accessibility needs. Volunteers with the Michigan Protection
& Advocacy Service assist local election officials with the surveys.
"MPAS is pleased to see the state honoring its commitment to improve the
accessibility of elections," said Tom Masseau, MPAS government and media
relations director. "The removal of physical barriers is essential to ensuring
that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in the
electoral process. We look forward to continued collaboration with local and
state election officials as we work together to improve access to the ballot for
all Michigan citizens."
more information, visit the Department of State Web site at
www.Michigan.gov/sos. Click on "Elections
in Michigan" and "Information
for Election Administrators." The document is titled "Polling
Place Improvement Grant Program."