For Immediate Release
August 28, 2009
For more information, contact Jim Drake at (602) 542-0681
Arizona Receives Grant Monies
Will help with continued improvements to polling place accessibility
PHOENIX -- Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced today that Arizona is the recipient of $219,948 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the seventh consecutive year that Arizona has received the maximum amount of grant funds available from the Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities grant program. These 2009 grant funds will be available to Arizona’s fifteen counties to enhance the ability of disabled voters to vote a ballot in secrecy.
“It is a priority of our office to serve the needs of the disability community and make the voting process easier and more accessible. I am excited that we were able to obtain these federal funds to be used for such important projects such as the construction of accessibility ramps, audio devices, touch door handle adapters, wheelchairs and cassette recorders” stated Secretary Bennett.
“We are committed to ensuring our elections are accessible to all Arizonans. A key component to accessibility is continuing to seek and obtain these kinds of federal grants, in addition to what the state and counties already do, to assist voters with special needs. Ongoing cooperation between the counties and our office will facilitate the necessary improvements to make voting for everyone more accessible at the polling place.”