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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.