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County receives voting grant from Secretary of State’s Office

Secretary of State Mark Martin recently presented county clerks with grant checks to purchase or upgrade voting equipment.

“This is something we began working on soon after I took office, and I am very pleased to award these grants to the county clerks,” Martin said.

In 2011, Martin helped create the County Voting Systems Grant Fund and distributed more than $671,000 recently.

Most of the state’s 75 counties applied for grants, which were awarded in amounts contingent on their proposed use and needs. The grant funds will be used to purchase electronic poll books, maintain voting systems, upgrade ballot tabulating devices and more.

“The money we distributed this week will help cash-strapped counties upgrade and maintain voting equipment that otherwise might not be funded,” Martin said.

The funds were distributed at the County Clerks Association summer conference in Conway. Franklin County received $10,692.67 in grant money.

“These clerks work hard for their counties,” Martin said. “I hope everyone in the county appreciates their service as much as my office does, and I look forward to awarding these grants again next year.”

Franklin County Clerk, De Anna Schmalz, said that the $10,692.67 will go towards the first purchase of Electronic Poll Books. With this grant and the one we should get next year it should complete the number of poll books that will be needed to run a major election in Franklin County more efficiently and effectively.

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