By Carson Gerber
---- — Miami County officials are going after federal money to beef up accessibility for physically impaired voters at polling locations in Converse and Macy.
Clerk Tawna Leffel said her office is applying for a $10,000 grant from the Help America Vote Act to fund the building improvements.
She said the money would be used to install electric doors and handicap parking at Macy Christian Church’s fellowship hall, and make improvements at the community building in Converse.
The county won a $10,000 grant last year to put in automatic doors and make bathrooms handicap accessible at the community building in Bunker Hill that serves as a polling location.
Leffel said the grant money not only helps physically impaired voters get into polling places, it also makes improvements to community gathering places in small towns that don’t have the funds to do it themselves, she said.
“It really helps out the whole county in general,” she said.
Leffel said the county should know if it won the Help America Vote grant by the end of the year.
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