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Funding Election Security

Congressional funding to secure our elections falls short. State and local elections should be prepared to act alone if Congress won’t.

Overview

In 2018 Congress provided states with $380 million in fund­ing to bolster elec­tion secur­ity. Approx­im­ately 90 percent of the money has been alloc­ated for new voting equip­ment and other crit­ical cyber­se­cur­ity meas­ures. Yet it’s not nearly enough for states to make all of the invest­ments needed to secure our elec­tions, includ­ing hiring cyber­se­cur­ity staff, conduct­ing post-elec­tion audits, and upgrad­ing crit­ical infra­struc­ture like voter regis­tra­tion data­bases and voting machines. 

The Bren­nan Center charted the states’ planned spend­ing and has called on Congress to provide more funds. State and local elec­tion offi­cials should be prepared to act alone if Congress won’t.

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