The Johnson County Election Office has received a grant in the amount of $856,245 from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life to help meet the challenges of administering a presidential election during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the grant during its business meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8.
The Election Office will use the funds from the grant to expand and promote advance voting, install and secure ballot return boxes for mail ballots, purchase equipment for processing mail ballots and operating polling locations, and increase pay for election workers.
“Our top priority is keeping our voters and election workers safe and healthy when voting begins next week,” said Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt. “Securing funding for these projects is a critical step in our team’s efforts to expand early voting and reduce traffic at Election Day polling locations.”
“Election departments are facing an unprecedented challenge of administering safe and secure elections that provide healthy voting options to the public,” said Center for Tech and Civic Life Executive Director Tiana Epps-Johnson. “To meet this challenge, CTCL is providing support to Johnson County election officials so no voter is required to make a choice between their health and their ability to vote. From ensuring that polling places are following the latest public health guidelines to making options available for voters to participate, to protecting those who step up to serve as poll workers, we’re proud to partner with Johnson County to deliver a smooth voting process that inspires confidence.”
For more information about elections in Johnson County, visit jocoelection.org, where you can check your voter registration, learn more about advance voting options, find your polling location and more. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election in Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3.
The Center for Tech and Civic Life is a nationally recognized, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of civic technologists, trainers, researchers, election administration and data experts working to help modernize U.S. elections. CTCL connects election officials with guidance, expertise, tools, and trainings so they can best serve their communities, and ensure that elections are more professional, safe, and secure. CTCL works with the federal government, as well as local and state governments of all sizes across the nation and regardless of partisanship to highlight best practices and create easy-to-use resources for administrators.