March 28, 2018 | Number of The Day
Amount to be awarded to NJ to improve election security

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is making $10 million in election security improvements available to the State of New Jersey.

The commission, created as a result of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018, is administering federal grants through the 2018 Help America Vote Act Election Security Grant Program.

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7) supported the fiscal year 2018 spending measure in part because of the funds made available for election security.

The purpose of a grant is to assist states improve the administration of elections, including enhancing election technology and upgrading election security in accordance with the bipartisan Help America Vote Act. Funding can be used for the following:

  • Replace voting equipment that only records a voter’s intent electronically with equipment that utilizes a voter-verified paper record;
  • implement a postelection audit system that provides a high level of confidence in the accuracy of the final vote tally;
  • upgrade election-related computer systems to address cyber vulnerabilities identified through the Department of Homeland Security or similar scans or assessments of existing election systems;
  • facilitate cybersecurity training for the state’s chief election official’s office and local election officials; and
  • implement cybersecurity best practices for election systems and other activities that will improve the security of elections for federal office.
  • The Omnibus Appropriations Act makes $9,757,451 available to the state of New Jersey. Completion of the grant package will go through the office of the New Jersey Secretary of State.