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State Grants for Election Assistance for Individuals With Disabilities (EAID)

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AGENCY:

Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION:

Correction notice for: Notification of the Availability of Fiscal Year 2003 Funds under the Help America Vote Act, Public Law (Pub. L.) 107-252, title II subtitle D, part 2, section 261, Payments to States and Units of Local Governments to Assure Access for Individuals with Disabilities (42 U.S.C. 15421).

SUMMARY:

The purpose of this notice is to correct errors that were printed in notice 68 FR 27816 on May 21, 2003. This notice (1) sets forth the requirements that must be met by a State seeking a payment under 42 U.S.C. 15421 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA); and (2) secures assurances from such a State related to conditions prior to receiving a payment.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

May 29, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Contact Diann Winford at (202) 690-5963, dwinford@acf.hhs.gov or Carla Brown at (202) 690-8332, crbrown@acf.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This notice is a correction of notice 68 FR 27816 that was printed on May 21, 2003. This notice amends errors in 68 FR 27816 concerning eligibility and closing dates. This notice should be used for funding opportunities available for fiscal year 2003 for State grants for election assistance for individuals with disabilities.

Part I: Introduction

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA), signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 29, 2002, contains several provisions that will enable an applicant to establish, expand, and improve access to and participation by individuals with the full range of disabilities (e.g., blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment, mobility-related, dexterity-related, emotional or intellectual) in the election process. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number for this announcement is: 93.617.

Background

On February 20, 2003, in Division (N)—“Emergency Relief and Offsets,” title I Election Reform, Disabled Voters Services, the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2003, Pub. L. 108-7, Congress appropriated $13 million for States to operate the Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grant program. HAVA assigned responsibility for the EAID to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary), who has assigned responsibility for carrying out this program to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Within ACF, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is responsible for the administration of the EAID grant program.

Eligible Applicants

As defined by section 901 of HAVA, States (including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands) are eligible to apply for grants under the EAID program. Grants are not available to local units of government directly from the Federal government in FY 2003 because Division (N)—“Emergency Relief and Offsets,” title I Election Reform, Disabled Voters Services, the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2003, Pub. L. 108-7, only appropriated funds for grants to States for FY 2003. Thus, while units of local government as well as States are eligible for funding under section 261 of the Help America Vote Act, the annual appropriations statute did not make funds available for grants to local governments.

Availability and Distribution of Funds

Congress appropriated $13,000,000 for payments to States for Federal fiscal year 2003. Payment amounts to States and Territories will be based on the relative size of the voting age population (i.e., number of individuals 18 years of age or older as reported in the 2000 U.S. Census) of those States and Territories requesting payment, with the exception that no State or Territory applying for funds shall receive a payment of less than $100,000. See Table I for the amount reserved for each State and Territory, assuming all 55 States and Territories submit applications. If fewer than 55 States and Territories submit applications, those States and Territories applying for payment will receive a proportionately higher amount than that listed on Table I.

Any payment distributed shall remain available until expended.

In order to receive a payment a State must meet all of the requirements in part II of this notice. State governments receiving funds under this announcement will need to collaborate with local chief election officials and local units of government (including Indian tribes which are involved in Start Printed Page 32060conducting elections for Federal offices) in determining where and how to spend funds.

The Federal government reserves the right to audit expenditure of funds received under this announcement pursuant to section 902 of the Help American Vote Act, 42 U.S.C. 15542 and 45 CFR 92.26, where applicable.

Use of Allotments

Section 261 of HAVA provides that funds be made available to:

a. Make polling places, including the path of travel, entrances, exits, and voting areas of each polling facility, accessible to individuals with the full range of disabilities (e.g., blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment, mobility-related, dexterity-related, emotional, or intellectual).

b. Provide the same opportunity for access and participation (including privacy and independence) to individuals with the full range of disabilities.

c. Train election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with the full range of disabilities in elections for Federal office.

d. Provide individuals with the full range of disabilities with information about the accessibility of polling places.

Part II: Application Requirements

All of the following conditions must be met by an applicant seeking a payment under 42 U.S.C. 15421 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. An applicant must agree to these conditions in writing prior to receiving a payment by submitting an application. The conditions are to ensure that a payment will be used in compliance with HAVA. Payments must be used to pay for the activities described under part I, Use of Allotments.

Conditions

1. Some portion of the grant must be used for each of the following activities.

a. Make polling places, including the path of travel, entrances, exits, and voting areas of each polling facility, accessible to individuals with the full range of disabilities.

b. Provide the same opportunity for access and participation (including privacy and independence) to individuals with the full range of disabilities as for other voters.

c. Train election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with the full range of disabilities in elections for Federal office.

d. Provide individuals with the full range of disabilities with information about the accessibility of polling places.

2. In an application an applicant must provide:

a. The name of the State submitting the application.

b. The name of the Chief Election Official of the State submitting the application.

c. Contact person: Name, title, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address.

d. A description of what the applicant intends to do in each of the four categories of activities outlined under 1 above.

e. How much of the payment that the applicant intends to spend on each of the four categories of activities outlined in 1 above.

f. An assurance that six months after the ending of the fiscal year in which a payment is received, the Chief Election Official or his/her designee will submit a report to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities for the Secretary of Health and Human Services describing how the payment received was used with regard to the four categories of activities.

3. The application must include a completed SF 424, available at this Web address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/​programs/​add/​announce.htm.

4. The application must include the following certifications:

a. Anti-Lobbying Certification and Disclosure Form (45 CFR part 93).

b. Other Certifications: The signature on the application by the authorized official attests to the intent to comply with the following other certifications:

A. Certification Regarding Drug-Free Work Place (45 CFR part 76)

B. Debarment Certification (45 CFR part 76); and

C. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke.

5. The application must be signed by the Chief Election Official.

6. An application must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. e.d.t., on July 7, 2003, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ACF/Office of Grants Management, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Mail Stop 326F, Washington, DC 20447-0002, Attention: Joseph Lonergan. Hand-delivered applications should be delivered to Joseph Lonergan, Director, Division of Mandatory Grants, Office of Grants Management, 901 D Street, SW., 4th Floor East, Washington, DC (Telephone number: (202) 401-6603)). Any applications received after 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered for payment.

Part III: Additional Information

Closing Date for Receipt of Assurances

The closing date for receipt of all applications is July 7, 2003.

Grant Administration Regulations

The regulations that govern the administration of these grants are: 45 CFR part 16—Procedures of the Departmental Grant Appeals Board; 45 CFR part 30—Claims Collection; 45 CFR part 76—Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants); 45 CFR part 80—Nondiscrimination Under Programs Receiving Federal Assistance Through the Department of Health and Human Services Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 45 CFR part 81—Practice and Procedure for Hearings Under Part 80 of This Title; 45 CFR part 84—Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance; 45 CFR part 91—Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age in HHS Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance; 45 CFR part 92—Uniform

Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments; and 45 CFR part 93—New Restrictions on Lobbying.

Reporting Requirements

Each grantee is required to submit annually a narrative report that describes how the funds are used in regard to the four categories of activities authorized under 42 U.S.C. 15461 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. These reports are due no later than March 31 of each year. Reports must be mailed to: Administration on Developmental Disabilities, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 300-F, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Debbie Powell.

Expenditures under the EAID program are to be reported using a Financial Status Report (SF-269A). Grantees are required to submit annual financial reports (SF-269A) at the end of each 12 month grant period (September 1-August 31) until all funds have been expended. Funds under EAID are available until expended. Reports are due 90 days after the end of the grant period (November 30).

Submit the original SF-269A to ACF at the address below: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Division of Mandatory Grants, Attn: Joseph Lonergan, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Start Printed Page 32061

Notification Under Executive Order 12372

This program is covered under E.O. 12372, “Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs” and 45 CFR part 100, “Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities.” However, since units of local governments are not funded in Fiscal Year 2003, the review and comment provisions of the Executive Order and part 100 do not apply for fiscal year 2003.

Paperwork Reduction Act

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-511), the application requirements contained in this notice have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0348-0043.

Table I.—FY 2003 Tentative Allocations for Election Assistance for Individuals With Disabilities

StateFY 2003 tentative allotments
Alabama185,341
Alaska100,000
American Samoa100,000
Arizona209,686
Arkansas109,029
California1,371,756
Colorado178,308
Connecticut142,841
Delaware100,000
District of Columbia100,000
Florida687,278
Georgia335,237
Guam100,000
Hawaii100,000
Idaho100,000
Illinois511,102
Indiana251,048
Iowa122,161
Kansas110,057
Kentucky169,755
Louisiana181,021
Maine100,000
Maryland219,527
Massachusetts270,154
Michigan409,083
Minnesota202,382
Mississippi115,296
Missouri232,185
Montana100,000
Nebraska100,000
Nevada100,000
New Hampshire100,000
New Jersey352,485
New Mexico100,000
New York795,936
North Carolina339,029
North Dakota100,000
Oregon143,454
Ohio471,600
Oklahoma142,530
Pennsylvania521,409
Puerto Rico151,345
Rhode Island100,000
South Carolina167,271
South Dakota100,000
Tennessee240,958
Texas833,749
Utah100,000
Vermont100,000
Virgin Islands100,000
Virginia297,522
Washington244,039
West Virginia100,000
Wisconsin185,426
Wyoming100,000
Total13,000,000
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Dated: May 14, 2003.

Patricia A Morrissey,

Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities

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[FR Doc. 03-13394 Filed 5-28-03; 8:45 am]

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