19 towns share $85k to make voting easier

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Nineteen Vermont towns are sharing $85,000 in grants to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote.

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says the money is to help the communities meet the mandates of the 2002 Help America Vote Act.

The current projects range from $331 to buy lights with magnifiers for voting booths in Plainfield to $5,000 for a new door and ramp in Pawlet to $20,000 to install automatic doors and handicapped parking spaces in Burlington.

Markowitz says her office created a trust fund in 2004 to help pay for the improvements so the costs will not be shifted on to Vermont municipalities.

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