Kander awards grants to Cooper County to improve voting convenience and security

COOPER COUNTY — Secretary of State Jason Kander awarded $4,594 in grants to Cooper County to increase election efficiency and provide up-to-date equipment and services for voters and poll workers.
 “The right to vote is fundamental and must be available to all eligible Missourians,” Kander said. “This grant will help local officials make the voting experience even more convenient and secure in Cooper County and in Missouri as a whole.”
The $4,594 is composed of two awards: an Election Efficiency Grant in the amount of $2,548 and a Help America Vote Act Grant in the amount of $2,046. The grants can be used to purchase certified voting equipment and replacement parts, train poll workers and update voter records, among other opportunities.
Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf said he was happy to see the Missouri Secretary of State grant the funds to many area counties.
"It gives us an opportunity to have increased accuracy in our information. We will also train more elections judges to help during the up-and-coming elections," Kempf said.
Kempf added, the grant provides additional savings to Cooper County in providing the necessary funds to increase the county's voting security rather than tap into the county's own funds, in essence saving county taxpayers money.
 The level of Election Efficiency Grant funding is determined by the number of polling places used in the county in the most recent general election, while the funding level for the Help America Vote Act Grant is determined by the county’s number of registered voters.