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Aid available to local governments for improving voter accessibility

Townships, cities and counties that want to improve access to polling places for voters who are disabled can apply for a grant from the Minnesota secretary of state’s office.

Most of the money is designated for “physical, accessibility improvements to the polling place, such as automatic door openers, disability parking spaces, etc.,” while some can be used for “polling place enhancements, such as accessible voting booths, magnifiers, etc., to permit privacy and independence for the voter.”

On the website, the secretary of state’s office has a self-assessment tool to help government officials determine how accessible their polling places are, including parking, exterior and interior pathways, restrooms, as well as the actual voting experience.

Applications for the grants are due by Nov. 2.

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