State provides grant to make space handicapped accessible

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The entrance to the polling place at 7120 Railroad Street, South Solon, has received a ramp, pad and railing to improve access to voting for people with disabilities. The nearly $18,000 project was funded by a grant through the Ohio Secretary of State's office.
The entrance to the polling place at 7120 Railroad Street, South Solon, has received a ramp, pad and railing to improve access to voting for people with disabilities. The nearly $18,000 project was funded by a grant through the Ohio Secretary of State's office.
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The Village of South Solon’s polling place, at 7120 Railroad St., now has better access by voters with disabilities, thanks to work done there earlier this year.


A 20-feet by 16-feet parking pad for handicap parking only, a sign, and a ramp with handrails have been installed.


Work on the improvement cost $17,785 and was funded by a grant through the office of Ohio Secretary of State John Husted.


Tim Ward, director of the Madison County Board of Elections, said he applied for the grant early in the year with an eye to provide improved access by voters with disabilities for the November election.


The application was approved and the work carried out in July, Ward said Wednesday.


It was one of four grants approved state-wide, according to a release from Husted’s office.


“Part of our ongoing mission to make it is easy to vote in Ohio is ensuring that polling places are easily accessible to all voters,” Husted said. “The improvements these grants fund not only make for a better experience for voters on Election Day, but also for the community year-round.”


Since Husted has taken office, he has awarded nearly $280,000 for 89 permanent improvements statewide, the release stated. Funding for these grants was provided by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and is administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Dean Shipley may be reached by phone: 740-852-1616, ext. 1617; on Twitter @DeanAShipley


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