City of Saginaw, Michigan

September 22, 2020 SAGINAW, MI–The City of Saginaw has received a
$402,878 grant award to support a safe elections process for the November General
Election. 

The grant, awarded by the nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL)
through its COVID-19 Response Grants Program, will support the City of Saginaw in
administering elections this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and address
the challenges that the pandemic presents. Under the program, funds can be used
towards a variety of services that cities are responsible for when funding and
administering elections. 

The grant application, submitted by the City of Saginaw, was awarded in full by
CTCL and approved by City Council on September 14, 2020. 

The City of Saginaw will use funds from this grant to expand voter education and
outreach, recruit and train poll workers, support absentee voting, and increase safety
protocols at polling locations to protect officials and voters from COVID-19. 

The award will also enable the City of Saginaw to: 
  • Extend Clerk’s Office hours until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning October 14
  • Provide hazard pay for poll workers to ensure the City has sufficient staffing at
    polling locations 
  • Add additional drop boxes where individuals can return absentee ballots without
    dropping them in the mail 
  • Purchase equipment and hire temporary staff to support processing of absentee
    ballot applications and absentee ballots
“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged local governments to administer safe
and secure elections,” said Saginaw City Clerk Janet Santos. “We are grateful for the
Center for Tech and Civic Life for granting our city this funding to continue to provide a
smooth, safe voting process for Saginaw voters that inspires confidence.”

Saginaw Mayor Floyd Kloc commented on the enhancements that will be
provided from this grant. "This year, our Election Division is facing an unprecedented
challenge. This grant from the CTCL is providing support to our Saginaw election
officials so no voter is required to make a choice between their health and ability to
vote." 

Contact the City Clerk’s office at (989) 759-1480, press 6, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. for questions regarding the upcoming election, voter registration, and absentee ballots.

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