Texas County received a grant last week to support efforts to ensure fair, accurate and secure elections.
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced a grant of $25,904 to Texas County Clerk Don R. Troutman. Texas County is eligible to receive up to $26,904 throughout the 2010 election cycle. The funds will help ensure Texas County voter lists remain up to date and improve the efficiency of elections through well-trained poll workers and up-to-date technology.
“Missouri’s local elections officials do a great job providing quality customer service to every voter, and I am pleased to help provide the support and resources they need to do their jobs,” Carnahan said. “My office will continue to work with local elections officials to ensure confidence and convenience for Texas County voters on election day.”
Troutman, Texas County’s election authority, welcomed the funding possibilities offered by the secretary of state’s office.
“These funds will be used to maintain the quality of election my voters in the county expect,” Troutman said. “I, along with other county election authorities, will continue to stress that the Missouri General Assembly should pass state laws and fund their part of election cost.”
Carnahan’s office is making more than $7 million available to local governments across Missouri for the 2010 elections. Local election authorities may qualify for grants based on the number of registered voters and polling places in that county or jurisdiction.