We are pleased to announce the 2013 Request for Proposals (RFP) under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to improve voting opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Grants for Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (VOTE)
Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (VOTE) is intended to help ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to polling places and may vote privately and independently. Funding will be available to municipalities and organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.
- Polling Place Accessibility: Municipalities may apply to receive funds to ensure that their polling facility is accessible to individuals with a full range of disabilities. This may include activities such as paving parking areas, building ramps inside/outside buildings, building curb cuts, and replacing door knobs with lever handles.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued on January 7, 2013. You can print the attached application or download the application here: HAVA VOTE RFP - Town Clerks- Polling Places
Upon request to Linda Hall (802-828-0586 or firstname.lastname@example.org), a paper copy will be sent.
Applications are due February 18, 2013.
Help America Vote Act
(Last updated January 5, 2010)
The United States
Congress passed election reform legislation, the Help America
Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). This law required broad changes
to the way Vermont conducts its elections. Most notably HAVA
mandated the creation of a statewide voter registration checklist, the
acceptance of provisional ballots, and the purchase of a voting
system for every polling place to allow individuals with
disabilities to vote privately and independently. It also required
poll worker and voter education programs. Vermont has received federal funds to
assist the state and municipalities in meeting the new federal
mandates. There are two grant programs available to towns and cities.
Summary (in PDF format)