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Polls will better suit people with disabilities

The Associated Press

NEVADA COUNTY ” The Nevada County Elections Office has received a federal grant of $145,200 to expand the access of disabled people to the polls.

The county “will continue working toward the day when every voter will be able to vote in the manner he or she wishes, without barrier or obstacle,” Clerk-Recorder Gregory Diaz said.

“As a rural county with few polling place options, Nevada County faces specific challenges in polling place accessibility and assisting voters with disabilities,” Diaz said.

“Most, if not all of our current polling places are inaccessible without some form of mitigation, and when surveyed, some former polling locations were found to be completely inaccessible for voters with disabilities.”

Diaz worked on a strategy with the FREED Center for Independent Living to get the grant.

“Our plan will, by May of 2010, allow greater access to Nevada County’s polling places, will give rise to easier and more private independent voting, will better train poll workers to meet the needs of voters with disabilities, and will allow Nevada County to do some much-needed mitigation of current polling places,” Diaz said.

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The Elections Office can be reached at 265-1298.