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Warren County receives funds for elections efforts

Warren County received funds toward its elections efforts last week.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announced Election Integrity Grant Program awards, including $135,358.94 for Warren County.

“DCED was tasked with establishing the program to provide grants to counties for the administration of elections,” according to the release. “Funding amounts were based on the number of registered voters within the county in the previous primary election.”

The funds may be used for:

¯ “Costs of county board of election duties related to processing of voter registration applications;

¯ payment of staff at polling places on election day;

¯ payment of staff needed to pre-canvass and canvass mail-in ballots and absentee ballots;

¯ physical security and transparency costs for centralized pre-canvassing and canvassing;

¯ secure preparation, transportation, storage and management of voting apparatuses, tabulation equipment and required polling place materials;

¯ the printing of ballots; and

¯ training costs for district election officials.”

Warren County Director of Elections Krystle Ransom said the local allocation will be earmarked for several of those areas.

“One of the stipulations requires us to print 100 percent of the ballots for each voter in the precinct,” Ransom said. “Even though we have ballot marking devices, this is now a requirement for all federal elections.”

“We will use this grant to cover the cost of that, to pay our poll workers, our election officials that help on or before election day, and will be used during the hours that myself or my assistant are working in voter registration,” she said.

All 63 Pennsylvania counties that requested funds received a grant. Four counties did not request funding, according to DCED.

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