County receives grant to improve access for the disabled

Anoka County has received a federal grant to improve election access for voter with disabilities.

Specifically, the county has been awarded $4,000 through the federal election assistance grant program for individuals with disabilities.

The money will be used to install an automatic door opener adjacent to the Anoka County Elections Office at the Anoka County Government Center, according to Cindy Reichert, Anoka County elections manager.

The estimated project cost is $4,800 with the balance of the funds to come from the county’s facilities maintenance department budget, Reichert said.

“This will improve accessibility for voters with disabilities,” she said.

The project will be completed by Aug. 10 in time for the Aug. 14 primary elections, Reichert said.

According to the resolution accepting the grant approved by the Anoka County Board, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has allocated to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office some $400,000 to be given in grants to local governments to pay for physical polling place accessibility improvements for people with disabilities.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]