— Hendricks County’s application for money to help the county improve polling place accessibility has been approved by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, with the consent of the bipartisan co-directors of the Indiana Election Division.
The 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.
“As Indiana’s chief elections officer, I am committed to ensuring that all Hoosiers have access to their polling place,” Rokita said in a press release. “This grant money will provide local governments with much needed assistance to ensure the best possible service to Hoosier voters.”
The tri-partisan Vote Indiana Team, chaired by Rokita, most recently amended Indiana’s plan to implement HAVA in 2009 to note the distribution of the additional federal funds to the counties for polling place accessibility improvements. This latest round of reimbursements brings to $39 million the total distributed under HAVA to Indiana counties since Rokita’s office began distributing funds to help pay for voting equipment and polling place upgrades.
Hendricks County will receive $10,000 in federal and state money, which will be distributed by the Secretary of State’s office.
Congress passed HAVA as comprehensive election reform legislation in response to issues raised in various parts of the country during the 2000 Presidential Election.