Handicapped Get Greater Access To Polls

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

Voting is about to become a bit easier for some Wood County residents.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant presented money Monday for an upgrade of two of the county's precincts.

The money is from the "Help America Vote Act", and will help make the Washington Community Center handicapped accessible.

Tennant says it helps remove another barrier which has made it difficult for handicapped voters to get to the polling place.

"And that comes whether it's a burden making some type of identification to get registered," she told the commission, "and we have made it easier with electronic registration just passed by the legislature, but also physical accessibility is so important."

And County Prosecutor Jason Wharton outlined the county's new purchasing policy to the commission and county department heads.

In part, the new policy requires the commission approve purchases of more than $5,000.

The new policy is to go into effect July first.

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