The state committee working on Missouri’s compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act is hearing testimony from people with accessibility issues at their polling places. Mike Griffin from Osage County in Central Missouri is confined to a wheelchair. He attended a meeting in Jefferson City, saying because of the difficulty getting into his polling place, a private church, he has to have the ballot brought out for him to cast his vote. Secretary of State Matt Blunt, who chairs the committee, agrees accessibility is the key issue in coming up with the state’s plan for handling the federal Help America Vote Act. He’s glad to get the kind of feedback Griffin has given. But he says the only stumbling block now is they don’t know what the federal standards will be.
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