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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.


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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